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He’s Back! Dolan hires Isiah Thomas to run MSG’s WNBA Team

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The Madison Square Garden Company, which is run by James Dolan and owns the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, hired Isiah Thomas on Tuesday to serve as President of the Liberty.

Thomas served as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations from 2003-08 and their coach from 2006-08. His tenure was disastrous in every aspect, as he set the Knicks back several years while leading the team to the (then) worst record in franchise-history, handing out several bloated contracts, and facing a sexual harassment lawsuit.

To the outrage of Knicks fans, Dolan has flirted with the idea of bringing Thomas back (and attempted to do so) in some capacity several times since his departure. According to the New York Post, Thomas has had his heart set on regaining control of the Knicks since his departure.

That’s a shaky claim to say the least, and Thomas certainly doesn’t have that now. But he’s in the same building, and it’s uncomfortably close. Thomas will also have part ownership of the Liberty.

NOTE: This is 100% real, despite the fact that it definitely sounds like a joke. -Tommy

Carmelo Anthony marches in Baltimore Protest

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Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony travelled to Baltimore on Thursday to participate in a protest against police violence following the death of Freddie Gray.

Melo was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Baltimore after his family moved when he was eight.

The incident has sparked protests and riots in Baltimore and other US cities (including New York) this week. The Baltimore Orioles had to cancel one game, ask fans to remain in the ballpark after another, play one that was closed to the public, and move a series to Florida due to safety concerns.

While the public unrest has led to several riots in the Baltimore area, most of the protests have been peaceful, including the one Anthony marched in on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Carmelo posted a message on Instagram for the people of Baltimore, saying “We need to protect our city, not destroy it.”

BREAKING: Former Knick Chris Copeland stabbed in Manhattan

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Former Knick Chris Copeland and two women were stabbed while leaving a Manhattan club on Wednesday morning, according to reports.

Copeland was in New York because the Indiana Pacers, his current team, are set to play the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Copeland and others were leaving 1 OAK Club in Chelsea when they got in an argument with 22 year-old Shezoy Bleary, who pulled a knife and stabbed Copeland in the abdomen and elbow, slashed his ex-fiancée (now “good friend”) Katrine Saltara in the arm and leg, and slashed 53 year-old Catherine Somani (accidentally; she is believed to be the suspect’s friend) in the abdomen.

Copeland and Saltara were rushed to the hospital as police apprehended the suspect. They are both believed to be in stable condition.

Copeland’s elbow was fractured in the incident and will require surgery

Two Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were arrested at the scene for obstruction.

*UPDATE: Copeland is out of surgery

*UPDATE: Copeland has been released from the hospital

***Chris Copeland is my favorite player in the league, and has always been supportive of my efforts on this blog. He was nice enough to issue post-game passes so that I could meet him in person the last time the Pacers were at MSG. My thoughts are with him and his wife. -Tommy Rothman

Knicks get Shved and 2 picks for Prigioni at deadline

prgioniThe Knicks mostly sat out Thursday’s trade deadline fireworks, but they did make one move.

New York traded Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Alexey Shved and second round picks in 2017 and 2019. The Knicks drop Prigioni’s $1.7 Million contract for next season ($300 K guaranteed) and replace it with Shved’s expiring deal, using one of their trade exceptions to accommodate the former Rocket’s larger contract. The Knicks are low on future picks, and Prigioni was a strong candidate to retire after the season, so this is a good move.

However, a lack of assets caused by hasty trades forced the Knicks to sit on the sidelines while quality point guards like Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, and Michael-Carter-Williams.  With Dragic likely to sign with Miami long-term, it’s unclear if the Knicks will be able to upgrade their PG position going forward.

BREAKING: Carmelo Anthony out for season

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Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will reportedly miss the remainder of the season, as the team plans to announce his shutdown later today. Melo, who put off the inevitable in order to play in front of his home fans at the All-Star Game, will have knee surgery in the near future. Anthony will finish his campaign with averages of 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal on 44% shooting in 36 minutes of play. The 42 games missed will be a career-high for Melo.

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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