Knicks' frontcourt looks good -- for now
September, 7, 2010
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
With Labor Day weekend behind us, signaling that the summer term is coming to a close, it's time to officially grade the Knicks' offseason. Even though LeBron bypassed New York and decided to snowbird down south, the Knicks were able to sign someone who's "standing tall and talented" in Amare. And with the addition of Anthony Randolph, that gives the Knicks an "A" in the frontcourt -- their highest rating in five categories (NBA.com). But that could soon drop to a "B" or below if rumors become a reality based on Randolph reportedly on the trading block in a deal with the Pacers (Newsday).
- It sure seems like Isiah Thomas is working for the Knicks. Even though he rescinded a consulting gig with the team, he's been popping up in the news like he's the GM. This time, Thomas, who was recently at the U.S. Open watching James Blake, thinks LeBron should have signed with the Knicks and he even hinted that he was part of the negotiations, saying, "We wanted him to come to New York" (New York Post).
- Probably the best part about Ronny Turiaf traveling around Africa this summer is that he had two healthy knees to do it (NBA.com).
- Timofey Mozgov Update: The Knicks rookie center scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, helping Russia beat New Zealand to reach the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship (The Canadian Press). While leading a Russian team without any NBA players to a 4-1 record, he's caught the eye of Tony Ronzone, the director of international player personnel for USA basketball. He said, "You can’t teach what he has -- body, size and athletic ability. They’re hard to find in the world" (The New York Times). ESPN's Ric Bucher had this to add on his Twitter page, even offering a comparison to a move made famous by European great Vlade Divac: "Snap take on NYK C-to-be Mozgov: decent hands, long reach, willing screener, laterally agile...and Divac protege as a flopping C."
- After word broke that Donnie Walsh rejected a trade for Rudy Fernandez, it now appears that the shooting guard is on better terms with the Blazers. Head coach Nate McMillan said, "That's my player ... He is in my notes for training camp" (ProBasketballTalk).
- Over the weekend on September 5, it marked the two-year anniversary when Pat Riley and Patrick Ewing were enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- "Amare Alert": Mr. Stern, are you listening? STAT may have come up with this season's marketing campaign when he tweeted, "The NBA, where love happens."