New York Knicks: Mike Bibby

D-Wade: Heat-Knicks will be 'exciting'

October, 10, 2012
While the Heat upgraded, adding veterans Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, the Knicks signed a few of their own in the offseason. And if things go well, the Heat and Knicks could meet in the second round or even conference finals next spring.

All-Star Dwyane Wade told early Thursday morning in Beijing, where the Heat are playing a preseason game against the Clippers, that the Knicks-Heat rivalry this season will be competitive.

"Oh, man. It's going to be exciting to see," he said. "The Knicks are trying to build a team that they feel that can compete for a championship, and we have as well. It's going to be the first matchup of many, and it's going to be fun."

Wade joked that one of worst parts about the rivalry is that Mike Bibby won't be a Knick. During the first round of the playoffs last season, in which the Heat won 4-1, Wade stepped on one of Bibby's sneakers, removing it in the process. He then threw it to the Heat bench, while telling him he should be wearing his instead.

"[laughs] I had a little fun with Mike with the shoe thing," he said.

The Knicks first face the Heat on Nov. 2 at the Garden, one night after they take on the Nets in the brand new Barclays Center. Many of the Knicks know the Heat is the team to beat, but they feel they're right there, such as Rasheed Wallace. They just need to avoid getting hurt.

"Granted, I think the only thing that held this team back last year really was injuries," he said. "I don't think at any point you had the whole team healthy, except probably in the beginning. Right now, everybody's good, everybody's on the same page, everybody's healthy [Wallace knocks on the hardwood], so we've just got to keep it how it is."

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Davis out with stomach virus; Bibby starts

April, 18, 2012
Baron Davis will sit on Wednesday night with a stomach virus.

He's being replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Bibby.

The 33-year-old Davis has been dealing with the virus since Tuesday morning. He had to get an IV before the Knicks' game against the Celtics on Tuesday.

He also re-aggravated a left hamstring injury in the third quarter against Boston. But he predicted after the game that he'd be in the lineup.

Mike Woodson believes that the illness will not keep Davis out for long. But he didn't offer any predictions on when Davis will return.

So the Knicks turn to another veteran, Bibby, for their final game against the New Jersey edition of the Nets.

Bibby has played sparingly for the Knicks this season. But he got 26 minutes against Boston, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds.

"Last game was the first time this season I felt comfortable handling the ball and getting the guys (in rhythm)," Bibby said before tip-off on Wednesday. "So hopefully it just keeps going forward."

Woodson said Toney Douglas will also see time against New Jersey.

The Knicks' interim coach sees Douglas as a player who can push the pace for the Knicks, something that has become an issue since Jeremy Lin went down with a knee injury on March 24.

Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith may also handle the ball. Woodson has relied on either Shumpert or Davis to run the offense late in games.

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If Knicks call, James would be interested

April, 1, 2012
Mike Woodson doesn't think the Knicks will go after a point guard in the wake of Jeremy Lin's meniscus tear.

"I haven't had a chance to sit down with [general manager] Glen [Grunwald] and [owner) Mr. [James] Dolan and see. My thinking is that we'll probably go with what we have," Woodson said on Saturday. "I don't think there's a whole lot out there right now who will make a big difference for our ball club."

If they changed course and decided to make a run at a veteran on the market, Mike James could be a candidate.

James has been with the Chicago Bulls for three separate 10-day contracts this season. And, according to his agent, he'd welcome a chance to play in New York.

"It's a career-long dream for him," agent Bernie Lee said of James, an Amityville native.

Lee said on Sunday afternoon that he isn't expecting a call from the Knicks. Another name that could pop up if the Knicks decided to go after a veteran is Anthony Carter, who was waived last month by Toronto. Both James and Carter would be eligible for the playoffs. But the Knicks would have to release a player on their roster to make room for either veteran. They currently have 15 players under contract.

Shortly before Linsanity launched on Feb. 4, James was very close to inking a deal with the Knicks. The Knicks likely would have added James if Lin hadn't began his stellar run of play on Feb. 4 against the Nets.

For now, the team will go with Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas as back-ups to Baron Davis.

Guard Iman Shumpert, who is more comfortable at shooting guard and small forward, may see some minutes at point guard. Douglas' minutes have been almost non-existent since Lin emerged, but he did play 10 minutes on Saturday against Cleveland, going 2-for-5 with five points.

At this point in his 13-year career, Bibby is limited to being a stand-still jump shooter.

So, if the options behind Davis don't pan out, the Knicks may look to add a veteran.

James has a history with the Knicks coaching staff.

He played for Mike Woodson in Detroit and has also played for Knicks assistant Jim Todd.

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Bibby always wanted to play for D'Antoni

December, 11, 2011

NEW YORK -- At the Knicks' practice facility on Sunday, the Knicks' newest acquisition, point guard Mike Bibby, wouldn't say which teams were courting him during free agency. But the fact that he had the opportunity to accomplish something in New York he hadn't done in his career likely sealed the deal.

"I always wanted to play for [Mike] D'Antoni, and here's my chance," said Bibby, the same day he signed a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum and had his first practice with the Knicks.

After starting for four different teams in his 13 years in the NBA, Bibby wasn't concerned about coming in as a backup to third-year player Toney Douglas. In fact, Bibby is even fine with providing Douglas and rookie Iman Shumpert established veteran leadership from the bench -- literally.

"I'm going to come in and fill the role that needs to be filled, and then go from there," Bibby said. "If that stands for me standing on the sidelines cheering, that's what I've got to do. I'm here to win and play the role that they want me to play -- whatever it is."

That flexibility and team approach were factors that drew D'Antoni to Bibby, who has helped lead three different teams -- the Kings, Hawks and Heat -- into the later rounds of the postseason.

"The easy thing was that Mike Woodson coached him in Atlanta, and his first words were, 'Whatever you need from him, he'll give you; from the bench, from the starter, from not playing,'" D'Antoni said. "Whatever we ask he would do, and he would do it professionally. That's a no-brainer."

Chances are Bibby also gravitated toward the notion of playing alongside arguably the league's best frontcourt trio, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.

"It's going to be fun," Bibby said, "I'm just trying to get them the ball where they need to score and win games."

After facing him in the 2011 NBA Finals, Chandler calls Bibby a "deadly shooter." Bibby is 38.1 percent accurate from downtown, and he's also a savvy passer who has averaged 5.7 assists per game in his career. His biggest weakness is that he's a defensive liability, which he showed against the Mavericks trying to stay in front of the bigger Jason Kidd and quicker J.J. Barea.

Bibby admits that joining the Heat late season in March was a tough situation, especially only having four full practices, but he has a response for his critics who doubt he can help the Knicks.

"I don't care what you guys say about me," Bibby said. "I don't have nothing to prove. Ever since I came in, people have doubted me. I'm going into my 14th year. I'm going to go out and do whatever it takes to help the team win."

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Bibby, Shumpert, Harrellson sign; Jeffries re-signs

December, 11, 2011
NEW YORK -- The full current Knicks roster is on the court Sunday at the Knicks' practice facility.

It includes today's official acquisitions: Mike Bibby, Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson (signed), and Jared Jeffries (re-signed).

The quartet joined Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Bill Walker and Renaldo Balkman.

Bibby, a 13-year veteran who has helped lead three teams to the playoffs (the Kings, Hawks and Heat), signed a one-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

"Mike is a veteran point guard who we know can be successful in our system," interim general manager Glen Grunwald said. "He's an effective player who has a long track record of leading his teams to postseason success."

As of now, Bibby is likely to be the backup point guard for the Knicks come Christmas Day, but the team may not be done wheeling and dealing just yet. Reports surfaced on Sunday that the Knicks and Hawks are working on a three-team trade that would involve a Toney Douglas swap for Jamal Crawford.

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Billups: NYK 'a couple pieces short' of title

December, 10, 2011
Chauncey Billups wants to make one thing clear: He's angry at the situation, but he's not angry at the Knicks.

So when asked if he believes the team that just fired him is capable of winning a championship, the point guard was thinking with his head, not his heart.

"I think they are probably a couple of pieces short, but I won't say what they are," Billups said Saturday by phone.

The signing of Tyson Chandler gives the Knicks a frontcourt to die for, but leaves them deficient in the backcourt, Mike Bibby or no Mike Bibby.

"I want nothing but the best for Melo and Amare, and I love Tyson; I'm happy he got his money," Billups said. "Don't think I don't want the Knicks to do well. ... But I do believe they undervalued what I brought to the table."

Billups had some other interesting things to say about his former team, among them:

• He grew tired of the constant Chris Paul talk. "From the first day I got there, it was always about who was going to be the next point guard, without giving me a real chance. I get it, but at the same time my track record speaks for itself. Give me a real chance to prove I can be that guy. The whole deal with Denver was about Melo, and that's understandable. He's a young star in the league. But at the same time, I don’t think the Knicks valued what else they got in the deal."

• He believes he might still be a Knick without the injuries suffered against the Magic and Celtics. "When I was healthy in New York, it was great. We were rolling after that win in Miami after the trade, and then I get the thigh contusion in Orlando. I come back, we get rolling again, and then I go down in the playoffs and the injury there affected the whole outlook of my short tenure with the Knicks. If I'm healthy against Boston, we've got a really good chance in that series. But once I got hurt, it's like they forgot all about the impact I did have on that team."

Mike D’Antoni might have a tougher time running his team through Carmelo Anthony, instead of his point guard, than he thinks. "It's a tough transition, especially in Mike's system where the point guard is so important as someone to make plays for everybody else. Melo is a good playmaker, but he's going to be called on to do that more. Toney [Douglas] is a good player, but he's young. I don't want to say they don't have a point guard, but their best playmaker right now is Melo.

• On the possibility of signing with a team like Miami that might face the Knicks in the playoffs: "I would like a chance at them, I'll tell you that much. I would absolutely love that."

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Carmelo Anthony
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2