New York Knicks: Ray Allen

Melo addresses crowd before game

November, 2, 2012
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Before tip-off Friday night against the Heat, Carmelo Anthony took to the mic to address the local fans.

"We want to thank everybody that came out tonight and showed some support. We really appreciate you," he said. "We know a lot of lives and a lot of families have been deeply impacted by the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy. We just want to say once again just thank you for coming out in hard times and supporting our New York Knicks. This is the most important time for the city of New York to come together as one and help rebuild the city back up."

Afterward, the Garden had a moment of silence to honor the storm victims and the thousands of people taking part in the relief efforts.

Before the players even stepped on to the floor, both teams discussed the situation affecting the Northeast. Mike Woodson told his players to recognize the magnitude of what's going on and to put things into perspective.

"This has been a tough week for a lot of people," he said. "It's a sad day in this area -- the New Jersey, New York area -- in terms of what has happened. We've got to be open-minded and try to be helpful if we can to people who are struggling to feed their families and have a roof over their head.

"That's tough. It's widespread. It's not just in one area. You've got a lot of people who are out of homes and not able to feed their kids. I want our players to understand and appreciate. I know I do, where I am today, because it's tough out there right now. You wish those people the best."

Before the game, the Heat reflected as a unit as well.

"We just pray and just wish each other strength," Ray Allen said. "You take for granted to be able to go out and perform every night, regardless of what field of entertainment you're in. Just being able to go to work in general, we take that for granted. There are people all over the world that don't even have jobs, so we're in that one percent.

"If you look around the world, and what we're able to do here, do something we love, we always count our blessings before we go on the court. We have to make sure that we say a prayer because we want to keep ourselves safe, but at the same time, appreciate what we're able to do."

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

October, 10, 2012
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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 ESPNNewYork.com 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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Knicks could use Ray Allen, but ...

June, 13, 2012
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In addition to a veteran point guard and forward off the bench (ahem, Lamar Odom), the Knicks need to add one other thing in the offseason: a 3-point marksman in the backcourt.

That's because Iman Shumpert -- who shot 37.9 percent from long range from March 26 until the end of the regular season -- is out until possibly January and the Knicks are coming off a season in which they shot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc (near the bottom of the league). They were also 27.5 percent in the playoffs (second worst among all teams). While Landry Fields, a restricted free agent who will likely return, can start at the two in Shumpert's absence, he seriously dropped off from downtown in his second year (39.3 percent as a rookie in 2010-11 to 25.6 this past season).

The Knicks need outside consistency next season when Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony do most of the penetration. So why not Ray Allen, who's an unrestricted free agent?

The 16-y˙˙ear veteran holds the mark for most 3-pointers made in NBA history (2,718) at an astonishing 40 percent. Even though he's set to have surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, which limited him during his playoff run with the Celtics, he should be 100 percent healthy before training camp starts in late August.

While Allen will have a lot of mileage on his body when he turns 37 on July 20, anyone who knows him knows he's one of the most prepared and conditioned pro athletes on the planet. For example, he keeps to the same strict training regimen and takes shots in darkened NBA arenas hours before tipoff. Therefore, he should have another two serviceable years in the NBA, knocking down 3 after 3 and separating himself further from Reggie Miller.

Before Allen even considers the Knicks or any other team, it's a given that he's first going to see if the Celtics want him back and what his two veteran All-Star teammates, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, are planning. The latest is that Pierce wants KG to return, and if that appears evident, it's likely Allen would stay, especially to play with Rajon Rondo, who's been the best medicine for the aging Big Three. At this point, it's unclear what Allen, Garnett and Pierce, who's signed through 2014 but has recently considered retirement, really want to do.

If the Celtics don't pan out for Allen, Sports Illustrated's NBA writer Chris Mannix was told that the Knicks and Heat are at the top of his list. But a source very familiar with Allen's situation told ESPNNewYork.com that the Heat, as well as potentially the Clippers, will be more attractive to the five-time All-Star in the offseason because they're top teams that can offer more than the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. That will likely be the Knicks' spending limit for free agents.

You also have to consider that the Clippers feature Chris Paul and the Heat have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as proven floor generals. The Knicks will have the still-developing Jeremy Lin running the show next season. If you're Allen, who would you put your trust into more for delivering great passes with your career winding down?

The Knicks would obviously prefer to keep Steve Novak and have another stud shooter on the court (whether or not J.R. Smith opts in or out). Even if Novak doesn't re-sign, likely for the bi-annual exception of $1.98 million, that amount will likely still be too low for Allen, who is coming off $10 million on the books.

Overall, Allen will have to take a pay cut regardless, but $1.4 million with the Knicks is lower than what he'll receive with a championship contender. Even if Allen doesn't work out, the Knicks could still find value in these unrestricted free agents: Anthony Parker (36.2 3-point percentage; $2.25 million in 2011-12), Mickael Pietrus (33.5; $1.22 million) and former Knick Nate Robinson (36.5; $983,307), who played well last season in Golden State.

Two outside shots could be Randy Foye (38.6 3-point percentage; $4.25 million in 2011-12) and Shannon Brown (36.2; $3.5 million), but both will likely get multiyear, mid-level-like deals this summer.

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Ray Allen back vs. Knicks

April, 17, 2012
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Here's the latest on Ray Allen from ESPNBoston.com colleague Chris Forsberg:

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters at the team's morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden that guard Ray Allen made the trip to New York and is expected to suit up Tuesday night against the Knicks.

Allen has missed 10 of the team's past 15 games because of right ankle soreness. He did not travel for the opening games of this four-game road trip, but will give it a go after a full week of rest (he last played in Miami on April 10).

The Celtics are 13-2 without Allen this season and 3-1 since he's moved to a bench role allowing second-year guard Avery Bradley to start.

The Celtics can clinch their fifth straight Atlantic Division title with a win and a Philadelphia loss Tuesday night. Since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976-77, there have been only two longer streaks for division championships. The Lakers won nine straight from 1981-90, while the Bucks won seven straight from 1979-86.

Rapid Reaction: Celtics 91, Knicks 89

February, 3, 2012
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Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: For the second straight night, the Knicks had the ball in their hands late in the game with a chance to beat a quality opponent. And for the second straight night, they came up short. On Friday, it was against the Chicago Bulls. On Saturday, it was against the Boston Celtics.

Bottom line: The Knicks (8-15) have lost five of six and 11 of 13.

THE BAD: New York struggled on offense with Toney Douglas on the floor late in the game, scoring just five points over a seven-minute stretch between late in the third and midway through the fourth. Over that span, the Knicks went from up 10 to tied at 77-77. One issue during the dry stretch? A lack of ball movement. New York's ball movement looked much improved throughout most of the first half, when the Knicks scored 55 points, but was stagnant with Douglas running the show.

Earlier in the game, Mike D'Antoni went with Jeremy Lin over Douglas as his first guard off the bench. It's a bit surprising that he didn't go back to Lin with the Knicks' offense struggling in the second half.

THREE FOR ALL: With the Knicks down one and 47 seconds to play, they inbounded to Carmelo Anthony, who found Iman Shumpert all alone in the corner for a 3-point attempt. The ball went off of the back rim. The Knicks made a defensive stand on the other end but appeared to allow Paul Pierce to hit a deep, off-balance jumper at the final second of the shot clock. Referees waived the shot off after it was determined that it left Pierce's hands too late.

On the Knicks' next possession, Landry Fields badly missed a corner three. After Pierce made one of two from the line, Steve Novak took a tough look from three on a play that never had a chance to develop. And that was the game.

ALLEN WRENCH: Ray Allen knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:24 to play to give Boston an 82-79 lead -- its first since the first quarter. The play came right after the Knicks disputed an out-of-bounds call that went against them. D'Antoni received a technical foul for arguing. Allen hit the free throw to put the Celtics up four.

Allen hit another three to put Boston up five with 2:47 to play.

THE GOOD: Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire had 16 and 11. Carmelo Anthony finished with 26.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks complete their only back-to-back-to-back of the season on Saturday at home against the Nets. Another night, another tough point guard matchup. After facing Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo in back to back nights, the Knicks will try to neutralize Deron Williams.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2