José Calderón to return tonight, Bargnani suffers setback

joseThe Knicks are about to get some much-needed reinforcements. José Calderón, who has missed the first 13 games of the season with a calf strain, is expected to return for tonight’s game against the 76ers. The Knicks traded their best defensive player, Tyson Chandler, for Calderón in the offseason, and as you would expect, the move has done more harm than good with the 33 year-old Spaniard sitting on the bench in street clothes. Calderón is a poor defender, but a strong offensive player and a fantastic shooter, so he should give the Knicks a boost as they continue to grapple with the Triangle Offense.

However, Andrea Bargnani, also expected to return tonight from his hamstring injury, suffered a calf strain of his own in practice today, and will not return tonight (or, one would assume, for at least a couple weeks, given the length of Calderón’s absence).

-Tommy Rothman

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Cleanthony Early to have knee surgery

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Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early will have surgery to remove a loose fragment in his right knee. It is unclear how early soon he will return, but the forward out of Wichita State will miss at least a month, after which he will be re-evaluated. Cleanthony has played sparingly out of the gate, so his absence will clear a few— but not enough— minutes for Andrea Bargnani, who is expected to return soon.

You can read the interview I did with Early a couple weeks after the Knicks drafted him, HERE

GIF: JaVale McGee airballs free throw vs Knicks

Yes, good form JaVale! All your power comes from your toes.

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mcgee-realityHe’ll get it eventually

Knicks Vine: JR Smith ignores open Melo at buzzer

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Knicks ball. Down 2. Get it to Melo? Right? Nah

The music is a really nice touch

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Knicks Vine: Iman Shumpert throws ball off of Amar’e Stoudemire’s face

The Triangle is SERIOUSLY overrated.

Shades of Last year’s Knicks-Hawks game?

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Knicks Owner James Dolan Charged With Breaking Federal Labor Laws

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James Dolan is the latest sports owner to find himself in hot water. The Knicks owner is facing charges from the National Labor Relations Board claiming that he threatened, illegally, to withhold pay increases from employees unless they voted to quit their union. Dolan runs the Knicks, Rangers, and Cablevision. You can read more about the case here

 

NBA suspends JR Smith

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The NBA has suspended JR Smith after he hit Glen Rice Junior in the “groin” (yes, that means balls) in Tuesday night’s Knicks-Wizards game. Smith, who was suspended for five games last year after failing a drug test, will only be forced to miss one game this time around, at least as far as the NBA is concerned. As such, JR will not play in Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons (whose point guard, Brandon Jennings, was the recipient of hostile tweets from Smith which led to JR receiving a $25,000 fine last season). -Tommy Rothman

The GIF of the hit is below

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