New York Knicks: Josh Harrellson

Harrellson: Knicks are 'special to me'

November, 3, 2012
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After one of the Knicks' preseason games last year at MSG, Josh Harrellson, an avid hunter, asked Amar'e Stoudemire where they could go hunting during the season.

Stoudemire replied, "South Florida." A half-amused, half-confused Harrellson asked Stoudemire, "What can we hunt in South Florida?" Stoudemire replied, "We're hunting D-Wade and LeBron."

Now, more than a year later, Harrellson is part of the prey as a member of the Heat.

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"It's weird," he said before the Knicks-Heat game Friday night. "This is my first home, so the Knicks always have a place special to me for giving my first opportunity in the NBA."

Harrellson had planned to play with the Knicks during the Las Vegas summer league, but a few days before games tipped off, he was traded to the Rockets in the Marcus Camby deal. A month later, he was waived by Houston, and then a month after that, the Heat signed him.

He said the three-month-long process was surreal.

"It was definitely quick," he said. "When I found out I got traded, it was right before summer league, so I had to go to Houston. ... I didn't know anybody in Houston besides my former (Knicks) teammates, which are still good friends of mine.

"I was really excited to be able to play with those guys and then I got cut, so it was definitely an awkward moment not knowing where I was going to be, not knowing if I was going to be playing. ... And then I went to Miami, one of three or four teams I was actually thinking about going to, and they liked what they saw and I made the cut. So it worked out."

Now that Harrellson has had about six weeks to get a taste of the Heat's culture, he said there haven't been any major differences from what he experienced last season in New York. He called both organizations "first class."

"Both teams are competitors, both coaches are great, smart coaches, and they know how to prepare you," he said. "I've got a lot of great veterans on this team, and same with the Knicks last year."

Reflecting on last season in New York, his first in the NBA, here's what Harrellson had to say about his favorite memories:

"Getting to know the guys, having a brotherhood. I just went over to see the guys now. They're still happy to see me and stuff. They're definitely still good friends of mine, even though a lot of the other guys have left as well. But great times in the season, obviously winning the first playoff game since 2004, so that was definitely exciting."

A lot of the excitement came in the form of Linsanity, and Harrellson said he and Jeremy Lin still remain close friends.

"Jeremy adjusted well when the whole Linsanity and stuff happened last year, and I think he'll do the same thing down in Houston," he said. "He'll adjust to it, he'll make whatever changes he has to. He's a very, very smart kid, and he just has that natural knack for basketball. He picks up things easily."

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Harrellson signs with Heat

September, 17, 2012
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Jorts is bringing his talents to South Beach.

The Heat announced on Monday that they'd agreed to terms with ex-Knick Josh Harrellson and will be bringing him to training camp.

Harrellson averaged 4.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds for the Knicks in his rookie season. He'd established himself as a regular rotation player for Mike D'Antoni before missing about six weeks with a wrist injury.

Harrellson was traded to the Houston Rockets this summer in the sign-and-trade transaction that brought Marcus Camby to New York. He was then cut by Houston to create a roster spot for Carlos Delfino.

He'd worked out several times for Miami before it signed him. Harrellson is believed to have signed a non-guaranteed deal.

Harrellson is expected to compete with Mickell Gladness, Jarvis Varnado, Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman for minutes at center. Anthony and Pittman played with the team last season and have guaranteed contracts.

The 6-10 Harrellson established himself as a fan favorite in New York thanks to his ability to knock down 3-pointers at a strong clip (34%).

The Knicks, though, would have had to wait until July to re-sign him, per league rules.

Report: Harrellson to work out for the Heat

September, 4, 2012
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This was back in the 2011-12 preseason, after the Knicks home exhibition against the Nets.

Josh Harrellson and Amare Stoudemire were getting dressed in the Knicks locker room, when someone brought up the subject of hunting to Harrellson, an avid gamesman.

Harrellson then asked Stoudemire where they were going hunting during the coming season.

Stoudemire replied, 'South Beach.'

A half-amused, half-confused Harrellson asked Stoudemire, 'What can we hunt in South Beach?'

Stoudemire replied, 'We're hunting D-Wade and LeBron.'

Now, it appears that Harrellson may be joining the Heat duo.

On Sunday, Harrellson tweeted, "Kentucky it's been fun! Glad I got to see everyone! Now heading to Miami for hopefully the next 9 months."

The Sun Sentinel reported that Harrellson will be in Miami for a second workout and is 'in the mix' for a roster spot.

Harrellson averaged 4.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds for the Knicks in his rookie season. He was a rotation player for Mike D'Antoni before missing about six weeks with a wrist injury.

Harrellson was traded to the Houston Rockets this summer in the sign-and-trade transaction that brought Marcus Camby to New York. He was then cut by Houston to create a roster spot for Carlos Delfino.

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Jeffries' minutes may cost Harrellson

April, 8, 2012
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Jared Jeffries returned to the floor after missing eight games with a right knee injury.

He had six points, three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes, saying after the game that he felt 'great.'

"With the minutes I played, I feel strong. I'm looking forward to my minutes increasing," he said.

Mike Woodson said he'd be cautious with Jeffries minutes initially. It seems like Jeffries return will cost Josh Harrellson playing time. Harrellson did not play in the Knicks' overtime win over the Bulls on Sunday though Woodson said that Harrellson was not being forced out of the rotation.

"I know what I'm going to get from Jared," Woodson said. "Josh, I'm still learning what I'm going to get from him."

CHANDLER'S ELBOW 'OK': Tyson Chandler got hit on the elbow in the first half and left the game for a stretch to ice the injury. He returned to the game and said that he was 'fine.'

Woodson said Chandler would get treatment on Monday. The Knicks are not scheduled to practice.

WALKER'S BACK: Bill Walker suited up for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in mid February but Woodson said it would be hard for the reserve small forward to crack the rotation.

"I'm not going to really interrupt the rotation unless I have to," the coach said.

Ex-Wildcat Harrellson on Louisville game

March, 30, 2012
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Richard Mackson/US PresswireJosh Harrellson and Kentucky lost to UConn last year in a national semifinal.
Almost exactly one year ago, Josh Harrellson was preparing for Kentucky's national semifinal game against Connecticut in Houston, which was his first and only Final Four appearance.

But that's nothing compared to what Harrellson would have experienced this year in New Orleans, as a heated intrastate rivalry game awaits Kentucky. On Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET, his Wildcats, the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed, take on fourth-seeded Louisville at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Earlier this week in practice, Harrellson described his feelings toward the Cardinals.

"When I first got there [in 2008], I didn't even see it as a rivalry, Kentucky-Louisville, until like my senior year," he said. "You just build hatred for them each year you're there, and by my senior year I started disliking them more and more.

"You just want to go out there and just beat them as bad as you can, so I know those guys right now are trying to get that mindset right to go out there and compete. It's going to be a tough environment, tough game. I'm sure it's going to be a sold-out crowd, red and blue everywhere, and we're looking forward for a victory, hopefully."

The Wildcats are seeking their first NCAA championship since 1998. Last year, Harrellson's Wildcats fell just one-point short to the Huskies, 56-55, who went on to win the title, led by current Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker.

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Q&A with Josh Harrellson on returning

March, 1, 2012
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After Thursday's practice at the Knicks' training facility, ESPNNewYork.com spoke exclusively with Josh Harrellson, who's just returning from a fractured right wrist suffered on Jan. 21.

The rookie center, who didn't play Wednesday night against the Cavaliers, explained what he's been doing and what's to come. After finishing some full-court running drills, still a bit out of breath but glad to talk, here's what he had to say:

Debby Wong/US PresswireHarrellson hopes to join Jeremy Lin on the court sometime soon.


Zwerling: How are you feeling, first of all?

Harrellson: I'm tired, but I'm trying to get back into the groove of things.

Zwerling: What was the process like for you coming back from the injury? What was the rehabilitation like?

Harrellson: The biggest challenge was not being able to use my right hand. That's my dominant hand and I did everything with it. Having to use my left hand for everything was a big challenge. I tried to just rehab it. I got my motion back -- I can't go all the way back -- but I can shoot the ball. It's tough, but it's getting there every day.

Zwerling: Did the training staff take it slow with you, considering you would be returning to a shortened season? Or did you feel like the timing was just right for this kind of injury?

Harrellson: I think it was just right for this kind of injury. They had to put a screw in my wrist. If it was my left hand, I would've been back three, four weeks, go out there and put tape on it and I'm playing. But without my shooting hand, all I bring is defense. I can play defense, but it's nice to knock down the open shot.

Zwerling: Anything with the left hand you've been working on?

Harrellson: Just a little ball-handling, a little finishing around the rim. Hook shots and stuff, so hopefully I get more confident with that and be able to shoot that in the game.

Zwerling: What are your thoughts with the new depth on the team?

Harrellson: We've definitely been blessed with the discovery of Jeremy Lin. [Steve] Novak's confidence is out of the roof right now. Baron Davis coming back healthy. They acquired J.R. Smith. We've definitely been blessed by getting a bunch of good players around us. This second half of the season, I think we're all going to make the same dedication and commitment to come out and push each other to be the best we can be and not leave anything on the court.

Zwerling: Do you see a role for yourself yet or is that going to develop over the next couple of weeks?

Harrellson: Hopefully. Just right now, I'm trying to get my confidence and my full motion back in my wrist. Hopefully once I get that, I can continue to do the things I was doing. I was playing defense, taking charges, knocking down the open shot and hopefully spread the floor more for Amare [Stoudemire] and Carmelo [Anthony].

Zwerling: Did you know that Mike D'Antoni wanted to play you last night?

Harrellson: It's tough to play me. I've been out six weeks with an injury. That was a close game until like the last couple of minutes. I know he has confidence in me, but sitting out six weeks, I would've been hesitant too if I was in his position.

Zwerling: How did you spend All-Star Weekend, by the way?

Harrellson: I went back to Kentucky and watched them beat Vanderbilt, so that was nice.

Zwerling: Any hunting?

Harrellson: Nah, nah. I took a break.

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Opening Tip: The Rotation

March, 1, 2012
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip."

Today's Burning Question: If you were head coach of the Knicks, how would you divide minutes among all of your healthy players?


How will Mike D'Antoni handle the Knicks' rotation?

"I hope I don't mess it up too much," he said with a laugh after the Knicks' win over Cleveland.

How would you handle it?

There's plenty of issues: you have to divide minutes between Josh Harrellson and Steve Novak, find a way to balance Baron Davis' minutes with Jeremy Lin, keep J.R. Smith happy and Iman Shumpert fresh.

You may also want to mix Amare Stoudemire into the second unit to give him an opportunity to screen on the pick and roll.

Which leads us to our question: How would you handle the rotation? How would you divide up minutes among your healthy players?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Harrellson back, but will he play?

February, 29, 2012
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Josh Harrellson and Iman Shumpert returned to the lineup Wednesday against Cleveland.

Shumpert should see plenty of time at off guard and small forward in the second unit. Harrellson's situation is a bit more complicated.

Mike D'Antoni has to find a way to get him on the floor at the four spot. He also has to find minutes for Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries.

On Harrelson, D'Antoni said: "He can spread the floor, make three’s, help open the floor up for other people. Now the question is, can we get him on the floor?"

D'Antoni isn't quite sure how he will sort things out with so many Knicks (14) healthy. On Wednesday, Bill Walker (sore elbow) and Jerome Jordan didn't dress.

"We have an answer for everything with the depth," D'Antoni said. "Some nights, some guys will get in. Some nights, some guys might play very few minutes and we’ll have to kind of adjust as we go forward. A lot of it will be how you’re playing."

The coach plans to use a 10-man rotation. It may expand to 11.

It's a departure from the norm for D'Antoni, who usually plays eight or nine guys. But he said he may continue to play 10 or 11 into the playoffs. He's just not sure how he'll spread the minutes out.

For a coach whose team was seven games under .500 earlier this month, that's exactly not a bad problem to have.

""There’s no drop-off," D'Antoni said of the roster. "As a matter of fact I don’t know if my 10th or 11th guy is not better than my third guy. I don’t know that.... So we'll have to wait and see."

Harrellson, Shumpert to play Wednesday

February, 28, 2012
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Josh Harrellson and Iman Shumpert will return to the floor Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Both rookies made it through practice Tuesday without issue, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

"Both seemed to have no ill effects. We'll see in the game and stuff. Basically we're good. They will play tomorrow," D'Antoni said.

Harrellson has been out since Jan. 21, when he fractured his right wrist. Shumpert has been sidelined since last Monday due to left knee tendinitis that became too severe to play with. Both practiced for the first time on Tuesday.

Their return should bolster the Knicks' bench.

When healthy, Harrellson proved that he can knock down the outside shot. The 6-10 forward hit 35 percent of his 3-point attempts in his first 16 games. The Knicks enter play Wednesday with the fourth-worst 3-point shooting percentage in the league.

Shumpert has proved to be extremely valuable as a defender, particularly on the perimeter. The first-year guard is fourth in steals per 48 minutes, with 3.18 (based on players who play at least 20 minutes per game).

It'll be interesting to see how D'Antoni shuffles his rotation to make room for Shumpert and Harrellson. The coach hinted that he'd go with a 10-man rotation.

"It's not humanly possible to play 12 guys in a normal rotation. Ten probably. Eleven maybe," he said. "That’s how we have to do it. We’ll see how injuries go, who's playing well. The idea is you got to be ready because [the player] who doesn't play today might play tomorrow.

"It might be 10-man rotation for back-to-backs, but it might not my the same 10. You might have another guy come in. Instead of the 10th guy ... the 11 guy comes in. Something like that."

D'Antoni said he'd like to stick with reserves Baron Davis and J.R. Smith in the backcourt. That means that Shumpert is likely to see time at small forward, though Smith and Shumpert can be interchangeable in those roles.

Bill Walker did not practice Tuesday due to a sore left elbow, and it appears Shumpert will take his minutes in the rotation.

As for Harrellson, he may take minutes away from Jared Jeffries, who has thrived as a team defender and showed an improved touch on the offensive end since Jeremy Lin took over at point guard. Steve Novak's minutes also may be affected by Harrellson's return.

Before he went down with an injury, D'Antoni liked using Harrellson with Amare Stoudemire in the second unit because Harrellson stretched the defense and created space for Stoudemire to operate.

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Harrellson, Shumpert to practice Tuesday

February, 27, 2012
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Before the All Star break, the Knicks gained plenty of depth. J.R. Smith signed as a free agent and Baron Davis made his long-anticipated debut.

It appears they'll be getting even deeper this week.

Forward Josh Harrellson (wrist) and guard Iman Shumpert (knee) will return to practice on Tuesday, according to the Knicks.

Harrellson has been out since fracturing his right wrist on Jan. 21. Shumpert has been sidelined since last Monday due to left knee tendinitis that became too severe to play with. Harrellson is cleared to practice in full and Shumpert is slated to practice on a limited basis.

Mike D'Antoni said before the break that Harrellson would return no later than the Knicks' game at Boston on March 4. Shumpert's exact return date is less clear.

The return of both rookies will bolster the Knicks' bench.

When healthy, Harrellson proved that he can knock down the outside shot. The 6-10 forward hit 35 percent of his 3-point attempts in his first 16 games.

The Knicks enter play Wednesday with the fourth-worst 3-point shooting percentage in the league.

Shumpert has proved to be extremely valuable as a defender, particularly on the perimeter. Last Monday against New Jersey, the Knicks felt Shumpert's absence. The Nets hit 15-of-31 3-point attempts with Deron Williams knocking down a career high eight.

The first-year guard is fourth in steals per 48 minutes, with 3.18 (based on players who play at least 20 minutes per game).

In other injury news, Bill Walker is not expected to practice on Tuesday. He has been out since last Sunday due to a sore left elbow.

It'll be interesting to see how D'Antoni shuffles his rotation to make room for Shumpert and Harrellson.

Harrellson may take minutes away from Jared Jeffries, who has thrived as a team defender and showed an improved touch on the offensive end since Jeremy Lin took over at point guard.

Before he went down with an injury, D'Antoni liked using Harrellson with Amare Stoudemire in the second unit because Harrellson stretched the defense and created space for Stoudemire to operate.

In Shumpert's case, the former Georgia Tech standout may play small forward in the second unit, teaming with Baron Davis and J.R. Smith. But he could also play in one of the guard spots, particularly if Davis is slow to regain form from a back injury.

No matter how D'Antoni slices up the minutes, it seems as if, barring injury, Walker will be out of the regular rotation.

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Harrellson to return after All-Star break

February, 20, 2012
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NEW YORK -- For days now, people have considered how deep the Knicks can be when everyone is finally available. They should be able to see it after the All-Star break.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said rookie forward Josh Harrellson could return from his wrist surgery after All-Star weekend, against Cleveland on Feb. 29.

"I'm thinking, if everything goes right, he'll probably [return] right when we get back," D’Antoni said. "He might have limited mobility moving it, but he'll start to do that in two or three days. I don't know if it will be Wednesday after that or the following Sunday [against the Celtics in Boston]. Sunday for sure, I would think."

The 6-10 forward fractured his right wrist in the Knicks' loss to Denver Jan. 21. D’Antoni had previously raved about the rookie's strength in the post and shooting ability. Even with the team at full strength, Harrellson is expected to rejoin the rotation.

Harrellson will add another 3-point shooter to the lineup and add depth to the frontcourt. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16 games.

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Harrellson could start practicing next week

February, 19, 2012
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks are very close to returning to full form.

J.R. Smith and Baron Davis are both dressing against the Mavericks Sunday afternoon. Smith is more likely to play today, and Davis' return could come Wednesday against the Hawks at the Garden.

With more good news, Carmelo Anthony is very probable for Monday's home game against the Hawks.

A final key piece for the team is Josh Harrellson, who can help shore up the Knicks' 3-point shooting woes. Currently, their accuracy is 29.9 percent -- second-worst in the league.

Harrellson was connecting on 35.6 percent of his attempts from downtown (one make per game), before he fractured his right wrist on Jan. 21 in the Knicks' 119-114 double-overtime loss to the Nuggets. He can also help the team with his aggressive defense and rebounding (4.3 boards per game in only 18 minutes).

Mike D'Antoni said the backup big man will get X-rayed when All-Star Weekend ends, likely next Sunday, and if "everything is good, he can start working out."

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Harrellson to undergo surgery Tuesday

January, 24, 2012
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Josh Harrellson was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his fractured right wrist on Tuesday, according to the team.

He suffered the injury Saturday night against the Nuggets and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

After practice on Monday, Mike D'Antoni was blown away with the rookie's toughness while he was stricken with the injury, which occurred when Harrellson fell to the ground in the latter part of the game.

"Can you believe he's out? Here's a guy who played four minutes with a broken wrist, takes a 3-point shot," he said. "But he's a tough guy. You hate to lose him because I thought he was playing really well. But that's good for the future. He'll be back after All-Star break some time."

On Tuesday morning, Harrellson tweeted from his verified account: "Woke up this morning ate a bowl of nails! Then had glass for a snack! Now Im headed to surgery soon! I have ice in my veins! #CountryStrong"

Jerome Jordan was called up from the D-League on Monday, likely to replace Harrellson as the Knicks' third-string center. Harrellson had played in all 18 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18 minutes, while shooting 35.6 percent (16-for-45) from downtown.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling was used in this report

Harrellson likely to have surgery this week

January, 23, 2012
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Josh Harrellson will have his fractured right wrist, suffered against the Nuggets on Saturday, operated on likely in the next couple of days, according to the Knicks. The team, however, didn't confirm a date.

After practice on Monday, Mike D'Antoni was blown away with the rookie's toughness while he was stricken with the injury, which occurred when Harrellson fell to the ground in the latter part of the game.

"Can you believe he's out? Here's a guy who played four minutes with a broken wrist, takes a 3-point shot," he said. "But he's a tough guy. You hate to lose him because I thought he was playing really well. But that's good for the future. He'll be back after All-Star break some time."

Jerome Jordan was called up from the D-League on Monday, likely to replace Harrellson as the Knicks' third-string center. Harrellson had played in all 18 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18 minutes, while shooting 35.6 percent (16-for-45) from downtown.

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Harrellson fractures right wrist

January, 22, 2012
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks have announced that Josh Harrellson has a fractured right wrist and will be out approximately six weeks after the time of surgery, which is not determined yet.

Harrellson suffered the injury when he fell to the ground at the end of the first overtime in the Knicks' 119-114 double-overtime loss to the Nuggets. Harrellson, who finished with only two points in 17 minutes, did not speak to reporters following the game.

In health-related news, Iman Shumpert sat out both overtimes with what he called "full body cramps," which has been an ongoing issue for him.

Stay tuned to the Knicks Blog for the latest.

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