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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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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.

BREAKING: Knicks trade JR Smith, Iman Shumpert

The Knicks have traded JR Smith and Iman Shumpert according to reports. A three-way deal with the Knicks, Thunder, and Cavaliers appears to involve some mix of Smith, Shumpert, Samuel Dalembert, Lou Amundson, Dion Waiters, Reggie Jackson, and probably more. More details to follow, but it appears that JR Smith (And his $7 Million player option for next year) is out of New York, and probably on his way to team up with LeBron, Love, and Kyrie in Cleveland. More recent reports have Shumpert (Who the Knicks were expected to lose as a free agent after this season) in the deal as well.  Reggie Jackson is now expected to go to the Knicks in the deal.  -Tommy Rothman

UPDATE: It is now unclear if Jackson is in the deal. However, Samuel Dalembert IS in the deal.

*Story will be updated*

Carmelo Anthony to get shut down due to knee injury?

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Carmelo Anthony has tried to play through his knee injury for the last week or two, but admitted Thursday that the pain is getting to him, and that people close to him are encouraging him to shut it down for at least a few weeks.

It had previously been reported that Melo might require surgery, but Anthony has made it clear that he will not do this unless he feels it is absolutely necessary.

Melo has always been a bit reckless when it comes to injuries— he always tries to avoid medical treatment, and allowed excess fluid in his knee to tank his performance for a couple weeks a couple seasons ago because he was “scared of needles.” Knicks doctors have told Melo that if he plays through this knee injury, it “won’t get worse, but it won’t get better.” After another setback in the game against Dallas on Tuesday, it looks like they might have been wrong about it not getting worse.

Melo definitely needs rest. And he probably needs surgery. The Knicks are NOT going anywhere this season, so he should probably get the surgery now, rather than get it in May or June (or not get it at all, or try to skip it and then need it next November) and throw away NEXT season as well in the process. Hopefully the Knicks (and Anthony) go about this the intelligent way.

On the flip side, it’s hard to get new stars to come team up with injured stars; we saw that with Derrick Rose this offseason. The Knicks might feel that they need to be respectable and need Melo to be healthy to have a shot at landing guys such as Marc Gasol this summer.

As things stand, Melo is day-to-day, questionable for every game, deciding whether or not to play based on how he feels on gameday. ESPN has some more details on the story.

-Tommy Rothman