Jeremy Lin, former Knicks star in hilarious video

Linsanity might be over, but Jeremy Lin is still really good at Youtube.

Lin and several friends and former teammates, including former Knicks Tyson Chandler and Landry Fields, teamed up for a hilarious Youtube video in which Lin attempts to fit in with the NBA culture. Watch the video below:

Metta World Peace returns to NBA


Former Knick and former “Ron Artest” Metta World Peace has returned to the NBA, signing a 1-year deal with the LA Lakers. World Peace played in China after negotiating a buyout with the Knicks during the 2013-14 campaign. World Peace was once known for his tendency to make rash, violent decisions, but has cleaned up his act over the years. Check out The interview I did with Metta in February.

Knicks sign Michigan State star Travis Trice


The Knicks have added depth at the point guard position, reportedly agreeing to a deal with Travis Trice, who played in the Summer League for the Miami Heat after going undrafted in June.

Trice had a terrific senior year for MSU in 2014-15, leading the Spartans with 15 points and 5 assists per game. Trice was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern Region of the NCAA tournament after his strong performance helped MSU emerge from the region to earn a Final Four berth.

Trice, 22, is undersized at 6 feet flat, and does not have tremendous athleticism. He draws on his strong shooting and passing ability to create scoring opportunities on the offensive end of the floor. His strong work ethic and agility helped him survive on defense at the collegiate level, but it is questionable whether he can guard NBA point guards.

Trice’s contract is only partially guaranteed and only constitutes a one-year commitment, so this is a low-risk move for the Knicks. The team now has four 2015 college graduates and NCAA standouts in Jerian Grant (Notre Dame, 19th overall pick), Wesley Saunders (Harvard, undrafted), Darion Atkins (Virginia, undrafted) and Trice, which is consistent with Phil Jackson’s emphasis on Basketball IQ. In addition to the four rookies with four years of experience each, the Knicks have a pair of mystery men in Kristaps Porzingis (#4 overall pick) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo to fill out their rookie class.

JR Smith is getting… Married?!


JR Smith’s days of being distracted by Instagram Supermodels appear to be over.

Smith, who has been fined for posting naked photos of models, been caught (by me) following models during games, allegedly been thrown off his game in the playoffs while lusting after pop star Rihanna, and has gotten into enough trouble off the court that he is having trouble latching on with a team this summer, is apparently looking to settle down. Smith, despite being in the midst of a two-year relationship with another woman, proposed to the mother of his daughter Demi, with the help of Demi.

Here is a video of the proposal, posted, fittingly, on JR Smith’s Instagram.


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Is JR a new man? Probably not, but if he signs with a team and makes it through the first month without taking more than two contested fadeaway jumpers per game, we may have to reconsider.

BREAKING: Knicks sign Kevin Seraphin

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The Knicks have used their “Room” Mid-Level Exception on big man Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin, 25, was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and spent the first five years of his career with the Wizards. The 6-foot-9, 264 lb. Seraphin plays center and power forward.

Seraphin made big strides last season, and provides the Knicks with a strong, athletic post player whose excellent hook shot makes him a threat with his back to the basket and possesses a viable mid-range jumper. He has often been referred to as a “black hole” in the post, as his inability to move the ball and play within the flow of the offense has hurt his teams in the past. However, his ball movement was better last season, and if he embraces the unselfish principles of the Triangle Offense, his proficiency on the block should help him thrive without needing to force shots.

On defense, the French big man has become a strong interior defender, with his huge wingspan and strength making up for his relatively short stature.

Seraphin will receive $2.8 Million on his 1-year contract. The Knicks, who signed SG Sasha Vujacic last week, now have 13 guaranteed contracts and a 14th player (Langston Galloway) who will certainly make the team. They have one more roster spot up for grabs in training camp, and can only offer players the minimum salary (which varies depending on the player’s experience).

Seraphin averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks on 51% shooting in 15.6 minutes per game last season. He shot 71% from the free throw line.

Knicks sign Wesley Saunders


The Knicks have signed SG/SF Wesley Saunders. Saunders, 22, graduated from Harvard in May and was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6’5 Saunders played for Utah in the summer league. Saunders is one of two Ivy Leaguers under contract— the other is Jeremy Lin.

Saunders was the 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year and won the league title in all four of his seasons with the Crimson. Saunders led Harvard to first-round NCAA upsets as a sophomore and a junior, and the Crimson put a huge scare into UNC in this year’s tournament. Saunders averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as a senior, shooting 45% from the field and 77% from the line. Saunders also saw a huge uptick in both volume and efficiency from beyond the arc, shooting 43% on 2.5 attempts per game.

The scouting report on Saunders? He has a tremendous basketball IQ (not surprising) and is a good ball-handler and passer with a good shot. However, he is not an elite athlete, so he will not threaten teams with his quickness.

Saunders was given a partially-guaranteed contract, meaning that he will have a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp. Maurice Ndour figured to get an invite to training camp, but instead signed a deal with the Mavericks after a strong Summer League performance with the Knicks.

The Knicks still have the $2.8 Million Room Exception to spend on Free Agents.

Knicks spend remaining Cap Space by signing Lou Amundson


The Knicks have re-signed 32 year-old PF/C Lou Amundson to a 1-year, $1.65 Million deal. Amundson was acquired mid-season in the Smith/Shumpert trade and averaged 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 21 minutes per game for the Knicks. The veteran big man, who has played for 10 teams, is known for his hustle and grit, which helps him make an impact defensively and on the boards despite his lack of explosiveness. He is also a good passer for somebody his size, although he is not a threat to score himself and is a miserable free throw shooter. Amundson’s veteran leadership should help the team, although he is unlikely to play big minutes.

The Knicks have seemingly used all of their cap space, leaving them with the $2.8M “Room Exception” and unlimited Minimum Salary slots to fill out the roster. The Knicks have four roster spots remaining, although one of those will almost certainly be taken up by the partially-guaranteed contract of Langston Galloway.