Player News - Knicks

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Iman Shumpert said his surgically-repaired knee feels healthy and he's hoping to get to the rim quicker this year.

Last season, he only attempted 21.1 percent of his shots at the rim and was ineffective from that range, making a sub-par 52.3 percent of those. Shumpert has a chance to start because the Knicks will need all the perimeter defense they can get. Even if he does start, he still isn't worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:54 AM

Andrea Bargnani said on Monday that his elbow is fine and he called it a tricky injury.

He has been awful with the Knicks and the team may not want to start him this season. Bargnani did have some flashes on the stat sheet last season, but coach Derek Fisher probably isn't a big fan. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:37 AM

Carmelo Anthony said on Monday that his weight loss won't limit him from playing power forward this season.

He's said previously that his weight loss was to help his career longevity, so it's not a surprise he doesn't think his role will change much from a lineup standpoint. However, there should be more ball movement in the NYK offense, which could help Anthony's stats even more. Fantasy owners can target him in the second half of the first round.
Sep 29 - 11:23 AM

Phil Jackson believes that Carmelo Anthony will eventually be able to shift between the wing, the post and the backcourt in the Knicks' triangle offense.

"He will be, I think, quite comfortable in the position he is at on the floor," Jackson said. Derek Fisher gave the lofty examples of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as examples for Melo as he adjusts to the new system, though he'll need to temper his score-first mentality to keep the ball moving. Fantasy owners should view the triangle as a net gain for Melo's season outlook, and he remains a solid first-round pick in all formats.
Sep 28 - 9:23 PM

The Knicks have yet to approach Iman Shumpert about a contract extension.

The defensive stopper has struggled to stay healthy early on his career and the Knicks are seemingly going to allow him to become a restricted free agent to conserve cap space. Shump is going to have a fresh start in the triangle offense and we will monitor what type of role he will have throughout camp. Considering J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are currently ahead of him in the rotation, we recommend shying away from him for now.
Source: Ian Begley
Sep 28 - 5:48 PM

Derek Fisher does not want to be viewed as a Phil Jackson clone.

"I’m not Phil Jackson, that’s for sure," Fisher said. "I am not going to try to be or even pretend to be. I’ve for sure taken a lot of the basketball experiences and knowledge and life experiences and knowledge from working for Phil for so many years. So there will for sure be some things I will try and channel... There will be some boundaries that we have to have within our relationship. But at the end of the day Phil is running this department."
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 28 - 10:13 AM

Coach Derek Fisher says that Carmelo Anthony is the only player on the Knicks who is guaranteed a starting job.

We're pretty certain that Jose Calderon will be starting at point guard, while we've got the rest of the starting five listed as SG J.R. Smith (vs. Tim Hardaway Jr.), PF Andrea Bargnani (vs. Amare Stoudemire) and C Samuel Dalembert (vs. Jason Smith). We should know more about the starting lineup once training camp gets under way.
Source: Newsday
Sep 27 - 8:48 PM

Derek Fisher said that the Knicks will rest Amare Stoudemire when he needs it to try to help keep him healthy this upcoming season.

Fisher also added that Amare is in great shape, and focused heading into the 2014-15 season. Amare hasn't played in a full 82 game season since 2009, and his days of being a statistical STAT stuffer are behind him. He averaged just 11.9 points, and 4.9 rebounds through 65 games last season, and those numbers aren't really worthy of standard league consideration.
Sep 26 - 4:06 PM

Coach Derek Fisher said on Friday that Amare Stoudemire is in fantastic shape heading into training camp.

The Knicks know they got extremely lucky with Amare staying healthy in 2013-14. We’ll all work together to try and manage what we’re seeing in real time," Fisher said of Amare's playing time. Fantasy owners should still steer clear of Stoudemire even if he's able to start at power forward.
Sep 26 - 11:58 AM

Coach Derek Fisher said the only sure thing about his starting unit is Carmelo Anthony.

Jose Calderon is still the heavy favorite over Shane Larkin and it's not a totally shock that Fisher wants to see Calderon earn his starting distinction. The shooting guard spot is completely up in the air with J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the mix. Samuel Dalembert, Jason Smith and Cole Aldrich will compete for the center spot while Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani could start at power forward.
Sep 26 - 11:53 AM

When asked about J.R. Smith, Knicks president Phil Jackson said that it might not be possible to eliminate Smith's immature behavior.

The Knicks have Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. waiting in the wings at SG, and Jackson would probably love to unload the $12.3 million Smith is owed over the next two seasons. "[Smith] might be one of those guys that’s a little bit like Dennis Rodman that has an outlier kind of side to him," Jackson said. "But I’m gonna get to know him as we go along, and we’ll find a way to either make him a very useful player on our organization, or whatever." Smith's adequate scoring and assists, combined with copious 3-pointers, makes him a decent late-round option for owners willing to accept his lousy FG percentage.
Sep 24 - 11:08 AM

Phil Jackson expects Carmelo Anthony to benefit from the triangle offense, adding that "the ball can't stop" with Melo.

"[The triangle] will give him the opportunity to be a passer, a rebounder, and probably easier spots to score from than he’s had before," said Jackson. Anthony has lamented that for the Knicks to win he must "carry the load, to score every night," and he's embracing the possibilities of coach Derek Fisher's system. He's been a top-10 fantasy pick in an unimaginative offense the past few years, and fantasy owners can safely take Anthony in the latter half of the first round.
Sep 24 - 9:33 AM

The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 22 - 9:34 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

"I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost.
Sep 16 - 11:19 PM

Carmelo Anthony said that he can't wait to learn the triangle offense.

"When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer." This is probably going to be more of a learning year than anything with the Knicks strapped on cap space due to the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Still, Melo is a solid, safe target at the end of the first round.
Source: ESPN NY
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