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Knicks 2012-2013 Top Moments Tournament- SEMIFINALS

Shumpert’s Slam, Smith’s Jam, and other moments are still in the mix. Two rounds down, two rounds to go. Four Knicks Highlights remain in our tournament. The semifinals are underway! Cast your votes for each of the 4 match ups! Voting ends on Sunday night.


Division 1

Matchup 1

#1 Knicks crush Heat on opening day after Sandy, Sheed hits first 3.



#2 JR Smith’s ridiculous alley-oop from Pablo Prigioni

Analysis: A night-long beatdown full of emotion, great basketball, and Sheed squares off against a play that took 2 seconds to be completed, but still astounds the viewer six months later.


Division 2

Matchup 2


#1 Iman Shumpert’s putback slam



#3 JR Smith hits 2 buzzer beaters vs Charlotte, Phoenix.


Analysis: Shumpert’s dunk was a more spectacular play on a much bigger stage, but both of JR’s shots delivered wins (albeit against 2 miserable teams) and some awesome salsa dancing. Both moments were phenomenal… which was better?


The decision is yours to make. Which 2 moments will advance to the finals? Cast your votes!

-Tommy Rothman



Knicks Highlight Tournament: 2012-2013 Top Moments Quarterfinals

By Tommy Rothman

After one round of voting, the field has been narrowed down to 8 moments! Vote for your favorite highlight from each matchup! Voting for round 2 will close at the end of the day on July 25.


Division 1

Matchup 1

#1 Knicks crush Heat on opening day after Sandy, Sheed hits first 3.


#6 Carmelo scores 50 on Heat

Analysis: With the emotions, the opening night atmosphere, and the Sheed moment, the #1 seed is the favorite here. But even though Miami sat their starts the night that Carmelo scored 50, the #6 seed has a chance to pull off an upset.

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Knicks Top Moments: 2012-2013 Season Tournament Round of 16

By Tommy Rothman

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The seeds are set, the selections are in, and the tournament is open! Choose your favorite from each of the selections in our 8 first-round matchups. Voting will be open until the end of the day on July 23.


Division 1

Matchup 1

#1 Knicks crush Heat on opening day after Sandy, Sheed hits first 3.


#8 Steve Novak’s floater off the dribble

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BREAKING: Prigioni to Sign with Knicks


The New York Daily News is reporting that Pablo Prigioni has agreed to sign an extension with the Knicks. Prigioni will be given a 3-year contract, of which the first 2 are guaranteed. It is believed that Pablo will take a bit less than half of the Knicks mid-level exception, leaving them with about $1.7 Million left of their MLE. The Knicks would like to use this money to re-sign Chris Copeland, although the high-scoring forward will likely have offers elsewhere that will be too high to pass up. What we know for sure is that Pablo will be back with the Knicks. Exact terms of the deal should be released shortly. -Tommy

Other: Interesting link about new ticket systems: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jesselawrence/2013/07/01/dynamic-pricing-could-generate-5mm-in-new-revenue-from-michican-ticket-sales/

Which Knicks Will Be Back This Season?

By Tommy Rothman


The Knicks head into the offseason with only 8 players under contract (not counting the recently retired Jason Kidd). Who will be back? Who will not? We go through every player on the roster.

Under contract

These players will be on the team unless they retire, are traded, or are released. 

Carmelo Anthony: Obviously not going anywhere.

Chances he is on roster: 100%

Mike Woodson: No way he gets fired before the season starts

Chances: 100%

Amar’e Stoudemire: We couldn’t get rid of him even if we wanted to.

Chances: 99%

Iman Shumpert: The team views him as a future star, would only trade him for a current one.

Chances: 95%


Tyson Chandler: Good player, important to team. Trade value is a bit low, and contract is hard to trade, anyway. Would only be moved in a package for a star.

Chances: 90%

Raymond Felton: Good point guard, good contract. No reason to trade him, barring a surprise package for a big-time player.

Chances: 85%

Marcus Camby: We would probably love to get rid of his contract. But we probably can’t.

Chances: 85%

Steve Novak: Same contract problem as Camby, albeit probably a more useful player. But other teams could take interest as well.

Chances: 80%

James White: Could be a useful trade chip. His unguaranteed $1 million salary makes him an option for a team looking to save that amount of money (and cap space). Not very useful beyond that.

Chances: 40%

Jason Kidd: Already gone, released from his 3-year contract

Chances: 0%

Restricted Free Agents

These players are free agents. However, the Knicks can bring them back by matching any offer the RFA signs with another team, salary cap permitting. The Knicks are over the cap and do not have Bird Rights for either of their two RFA’s, so to match an offer greater than $1 million, the Knicks would have to dip into their $3.1 Midlevel Exception. To keep both of their RFA’s (or even just the second one on this list), it will likely cost them the entirety of their MLE.


Pablo Prigioni: Knicks can probably only give him $1 million. Might be worth more, but likes New York, and has defined role here. Team may elect to take another point guard in the draft, which could mean the end of Pablo.

Chances: 50%

Chris Copeland: Worth more than Qualifying Offer of $1 million. Knicks can give him up to $3 million using their Midlevel Exception, which would probably prevent them from signing other Free Agents for more than the minimum. He wants  to stay, and it sounds like they want him back. Will probably receive bigger offers elsewhere, and probably more minutes. He reportedly turned down bigger offers last year to come to New York, and will need to do the same again.

Chances: 50%

Unrestricted Free Agents

These players are free agents and can sign with any team. The Knicks do not own the Bird Rights for any of these players, and they are over the cap. Therefore, they can only offer the minimum to Barron and Richardson. Martin will be offered the minimum, and probably a slight raise (around 20%) if they are allowed to use a Non-Bird Exception on him. Smith will be offered the Early-Bird Exception, assuming the Knicks want him back.

J.R Smith: Has clearly stated his desire to remain in New York. If the Knicks want to commit to him, they can give him around 6 million per year. Other teams might give him a bit more, but his unpredictability on and off the court probably keeps him in our price range. If we want him back, he should be back.

Chances: 80%

Kenyon Martin: Eligible for Vet’s minimum. Held out last year for a bigger contract. Didn’t work. He loves New York, will probably take offer of VM.

Chances: 70%

Earl Barron: Actually can be a useful big man, should be cheap. They should keep him. Not sure if they will.

Chances: 50%

Quentin Richardson: Can’t see the organization bringing him back. Not much upside.

Chances: 10%


Draft Pick

Whoever we draft will be on the team unless we trade them.

Chances: 90%

Who should the Knicks bring back? Who should be sent packing? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Can the Knicks keep Pablo Prigioni? Check out his interview with Jared Zwerling


When Pablo Prigioni became the Knicks’ starting point guard on March 18, after the team lost four straight games, the team went on a 13-game winning streak. It was the best start for any rookie guard in NBA history, outdoing Danny Ainge who won 12 in a row with the Celtics in 1982. 

While Prigioni and the Knicks are interested in teaming up together again to continue that kind of success, the Argentine will do his homework before potentially re-signing. He has other initial interest in the NBA and abroad, and he’ll weigh those different offers come free agency. 

In a conversation with ESPNNewYork.com, Prigioni discussed his future, reflected on his first NBA season and shared some of his summer plans. 

Would you like to return to the Knicks? 

“Of course I would like to return. I really enjoyed this year. It was a great experience for me and my family. My first option is to play in NBA, but I’m open to hearing and watching my options. We will see.” 

As you’re deciding where to play next season, what will be the most important factors for you and your family? 

“The most important things for me to decide where I want to play is I feel that I can play and help the team, to feel that the team really wants me. On this professional level, the place where you go is always nice, and the people always take care of you and your family.” 

How would you describe how your first season in the NBA went for you? 

“It was much better than I could imagine. The first part of the season I used to learn everything about the league, my teammates, the NBA game, to adjust to the country, improve my English. I still speak terrible [laughs]. Also, to help my family and to discover the way how to play and help the team. And in the second part, I started to feel much better — my family, too. I had more confidence in my game and we really enjoyed the last part of the season together.” 

What were your easiest adjustments, on and off the court, and biggest challenges? 

“I think the easiest was to adjust to the NBA schedule and trips — playing three or four games a week. And the biggest challenges were to try to put myself in position to help the team, and show the coaching staff and my teammates that they can count on me in one minute or 20 minutes, and that I always will play 100 percent — no matter what.” 

What do you think you guys were missing against the Pacers? 

“I think the small details decided the playoffs, but we tried everything to win games. We lost home-court advantage in the first game of the series, and we couldn’t get a win in Indianapolis to bring home-court advantage back. Indiana played really well.” 

Will you spend your summer in Alicante, Spain, where you have a home? 

“I will mix my time between Argentina and Spain. That is the idea. I will rest a couple weeks and then start to work to come back stronger next year.” 

How do you usually train in the offseason, and will you play with the Argentine national team? 

“I used to run in the park near my house and work my body. I always play in the summer with the Argentina national team, but I haven’t decided if I will do that this year.” 

Is there anything new this summer that you would like to try for the first time? 

“I will have a basketball benefit camp in my town in Argentina to help the basketball schools and the young kids. It’s a first time I will do this in my town, and I’m so excited to be there.”

(from ESPN)