Knicks send Cleanthony Early to D-League

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The Knicks have sent SF Cleanthony Early to the D-League, according to reports. The move does not open up a roster spot for the Knicks, but should be in Early’s best interest, as the rookie will now get to play major minutes for the Westchester Knicks instead of riding the bench on the Manhattan club. It’s not uncommon for teams to send players back and forth to and from the D-League, so Cleanthony could be in Westchester when the D-League team has a game, and then join the pro team for their games. Early has gotten off to a frustrating start after missing much of the early (ha!) part of the season with a knee injury, but was widely regarded as a steal in the draft, and the potential is still there. The Knicks have made use of their D-League team in the past, letting Jeremy Tyler, Langston Galloway, and—most notably— Jeremy Lin get practice down there. Cleanthony and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the two players New York drafted last summer, will try to join them on the list of NBA talent to pass through the Knicks’ minor league system.

Check out an interview we did with Cle before the season, here.

SNUBBED: Tim Hardaway Jr left off Rookie-Sophomore Game roster

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Tim Hardaway Junior led last year’s Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star Weekend with 36 points.
Tim Hardaway made the All-Rookie First Team last year.

New York City is hosting All-Star Weekend this year.

So Tim Hardaway junior is locked in for a spot in the game this year, right? Wrong.

The rosters for this year’s Rising Stars Challenge, to be played at the Barclays Center on All-Star Friday, were announced on Wednesday, and Hardaway is not on the list. Hardaway lit up the event last year, and brings the flair that All-Star Weekend is all about, but barring an injury, Timmy will watch the event from the sidelines (if at all) this time around.

It is important to note that the NBA is going with a USA-vs-World format, so there were probably fewer spots up for grabs than usual when it came to American prospects. Dante Exum and Bojan Bogdanovic have worse stats, are less popular, and are less deserving based on their pasts. But they aren’t American, so they got spots on the team. I’ll go ahead and say it: it really seems like a “race thing,” (not based on color, but on country of origin, in this case).

Here are the rosters

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Knicks lock up Galloway with 2-year deal

New York KnicksLangstanity will last a bit longer than Linsanity, apparently.

The Knicks have reached an agreement with Langston Galloway on a deal that will run through the rest of this season and next season, according to multiple reports. The deal comes with a partial guarantee to pay Galloway $850 K next year, so if the Knicks want him, they now have him locked up on the cheap.

Galloway was recently called up from the D-League after his strong performance in Westchester, and has averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal in 28 minutes per game. The 23 year-old is shooting 43% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.

The Knicks were hesitant to lock up any cap space before the summer, when they plan to chase some big stars, but teams are required to fill their roster with players making (at least) the minimum salary. Galloway’s deal, if it ends up being for $800 K, will only pay him $300 K more than the absolute minimum contract, which would be $500 K if the Knicks were to give that roster spot to a rookie.

So it’s not much of a financial hit at all for the Knicks, and it appears like it could be a steal if Galloway keeps up his strong play.

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks game cancelled due to blizzard

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Monday’s Knicks-Kings game at Madison Square Garden has been cancelled due to an incoming blizzard. The news was announced earlier this afternoon, and is presumably driven by transportation concerns for fans, players, and employees attending the game. Brooklyn’s home game against Portland has also been cancelled.

The Knicks and Kings will play a make-up game on March 3rd at MSG. It remains to be seen whether the blizzard will affect the status of the Knicks-Thunder game this Wednesday.

Knicks player breaks ALL of the rules, gets away with it

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Lance Thomas is new to the Knicks, so the refs are still trying to learn how to screw him over.

But calling him for… SOMETHING… on this play, wouldn’t have been too hard.

You have the double dribble at the beginning, the fact that he probably stepped out of bounds…

And, um, traveling is still illegal right?

The ends justify the means, though:

One year ago today, Melo dropped 62 to set a Knicks record. Watch every shot he made that night in the video below!

Carmelo Anthony’s 62 point game: Every Basket (Video)

One year ago today, Carmelo Anthony broke a Knicks record by scoring 62 points against Charlotte.

Watch all of his scoring below:

Melo and the Knicks will— fittingly— take on Charlotte again tonight.

BREAKING: Carmelo Anthony to start All-Star Game

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 7.19.48 PMCarmelo Anthony was named to his 8th All-Star team on Thursday.

Anthony will be one of the starters for the Eastern Conference in this year’s game, which will be played in Madison Square Garden— Melo’s home floor.

Carmelo will be joined in the Eastern lineup by LeBron James, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, and Pau Gasol. Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant (who will be replaced due to injury) were voted in as starters for the West.