JR Smith has discovered the Kermit Meme

 

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There are probably far more productive things JR Smith could be learning about right now. The Triangle Offense, perhaps? But upon second thought, that is not intertwined with any of my affairs.

Anyway, these are all screenshots of posts from JR’s Instagram. And speaking of Instagram, follow us at @NewYorkKnicksMemes ! 

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Andrea Bargnani is “The Man” (VIDEO)

At least, Andrea Bargnani THOUGHT he was the man.

 Sorry, Bargs!

BREAKING: Knicks sign Jason Smith with MLE

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The Knicks have used their $3.27 million Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception on big man Jason Smith. Smith, 28, played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season and averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block in 27 minutes per game. The 7-foot, 240 pound Smith is one of the game’s top mid-range shooters and a capable team defender, help defender, and shot-blocker (although he can be beaten in 1-on-1 situations). Smith is also a 78% shooter from the line.

Smith was the Pelicans’ starting center until he went down with a knee injury in January. He has a chance to get some big minutes on this Knicks team, but he will likely have to compete with Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, Jeremy Tyler, and Cole Aldrich. This signing likely spells the end for Kenyon Martin’s time in New York.

Smith should fit well in the Triangle Offense, in which bigs who can shoot fare far better than your typical slow, lumbering, mass-cultivators. With Smith, Bargnani, and Stoudemire, the Knicks have 3 bigs who can shoot the mid-range jumper. Smith is by far the best defender of the 3, although less of an offensive threat all-around than Bargs and STAT.

The Knicks had been reluctant to use their MLE because they often end up being multi-year deals, but New York was able to land Smith on a 1-year deal which will not eat into next summer’s cap space.

RealGM was first to report.

-Tommy Rothman

Carmelo, Phil, Spike appear in Jeter commercial

Jordan just released a commercial honoring retiring Yankee Captain Derek Jeter, who is making his final All-Star appearance this week. Knicks fans will see a few familiar faces in this ad.

I hate the Yankees, but this is awesome. -Tommy

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BREAKING: Carmelo Announces Return

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In a post made minutes ago on his website, Carmelo Anthony announced that he will return to the Knicks. Anthony met with the Mavericks, Bulls, Rockets, Lakers, and Knicks before making his decision. Terms of his new contract should be released shortly, but it is expected that he will take a slight pay cut rather than signing for the maximum salary. 

 I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.

–Carmelo Anthony

Welcome back, Melo!

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks sign Cole Aldrich

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The Knicks re-signed center Cole Aldrich to a contract on Saturday, the team announced. Aldrich, 25, looked good in limited minutes this past season, and with Tyson Chandler (and Mike Woodson) gone, Cole should see an increased role this year.

REPORT: Carmelo staying with Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce on Thursday that he will sign an extension with the New York Knicks, according to reports (Frank Isola, NY Daily News).

A source close to Anthony said that Anthony “believes in Phil (Jackson)” and, after “agonizing over” his decision for a week, will remain in New York barring a last-minute change-of-heart.

It is unclear whether Carmelo will accept a max contract or take a pay cut. And, of course, nothing is set in stone, at least not yet. But it certainly looks like, as many thought would happen, the lure of the Garden, the big city, and the money, as well as the 13-time NBA Champion Jackson, have convinced Melo to stay with the Knicks.

While Melo’s camp is publicly maintaining that no decision has been made yet. However, reports are starting to come out suggesting he has been leaning towards the Knicks the whole time, that the Knicks expect to keep him, and Anthony has no plans to walk away from the paycut. Isola’s report has not been confirmed by Carmelo’s camp or by other outlets just yet, but he’s one of the more reputable reporters out there… expect something to come out later tonight. We’ll keep you posted.

Expect an announcement tomorrow, when contracts can officially be signed.

-Tommy Rothman