Fresh off an exhilarating victory against the Nets, the Knicks will take on yet another tougher rival at home in the Bulls. After losing to the Rockets for the second time this season earlier in the week, New York made sure to bounce back and defeat Brooklyn, a team with which the Knickerbockers have already gone through gritty contests with to start off the year.
And now it’s time to avenge yet another one of the Knicks’ six losses this year. Just like against the Rockets earlier this week, New York lost to the Bulls all but two weeks ago, due to their feeble effort on offense without Carmelo Anthony. Despite the team’s array of offensive weapons, no one has consistently stepped up in Anthony’s absence to fill his shoes when he sits.
Luckily for the Knicks, Anthony will be donning orange and blue later Friday evening, ready to go as his team looks to get the better of the Bulls.
As we wait for the Knickerbockers to hit the MSG hardwood, let’s take a look at what everyone has been saying over the last day or so about some of the team’s biggest names.
Though the Knicks are thriving, Coach Mike Woodson has a dilemma on his hands (albeit it a good or a bad one) with regard to fitting Amar’e Stoudemire back into the lineup without disrupting the team’s rhythm. Our old friend Howard Beck examines the issue, further asserting that the Knicks tried to move the forward elsewhere this past summer, before the going even got good.
As Stoudemire aims to claw his way back into the lineup, he’s been working out with New York’s D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. But he’s not the only one. James White and Chris Copeland have also gone through two practices with Erie. Though the still rehabbing Iman Shumpert hasn’t gone through any contact drills and has yet to be cleared for full practice, he still went through initial conditioning drills alongside the BayHawks and their staff at the MSG training center on Thursday. My friend Jared Zwerling provides the latest update on that.
For even more on Shumpert, who released a revived new Knicks anthem for the Knickstape generation earlier this season, fans can give a listen to his entire mixtape right here. The young gun released it earlier Friday morning.
When you’re done listening, and ready to read some more great content, make sure to head over to DraftExpress for this great interview with Knicks’ forward Chris Copeland. The forward gives an in-depth look at his journey to the NBA, complete with stops overseas and the D-League, before he finally achieved success in The Association.
And for those who missed it, you can check on Tyson Chandler’s appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon below. He explains why he roars into the crowd after his ferocious slam dunks, and talks about other things too.