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Lamar Odom will reportedly sign with Knicks

Lamar OdomPhil Jackson could be on the verge of making his first roster move since taking over as president of the New York Knicks, and it involves a familiar face. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week.

By signing Odom before the 2013-2014 season officially ends, the Knicks would be able to make the second year of his contract and non-guaranteed year. Of course, that would really be the first year he is with the team. It would also allow Odom, who has not appeared in an NBA game in a year, to begin working with the Knicks immediately.

Odom will turn 35 next season. He is still recovering from a back injury that cut his basketball career in Spain short earlier this year.

Sources told Stein that the Knicks are banking on Jackson being able to steer Odom’s career and life in the right direction. We all know the rumors that have surrounded Odom’s personal life over the last year. We also know how highly he thinks of Jackson and how depressed he was when Jackson retired and the Lakers traded him. If Odom is unable to revive his career in Jackson’s familiar triangle offense, he probably won’t get a shot anywhere else.

Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks could be NBA’s best team on paper

Amare-Stoudemire-KnicksThe New York Knicks had a great chance to make the playoffs after ripping off a streak of eight-straight wins in the middle of March, but ultimately they ended up right where we all expected them to — on the outside looking in. Prior to the season, many speculated that the Knicks would be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire thinks they should have been.

After New York was officially eliminated from the postseason, Stoudemire talked about the expectations surrounding the team heading into the year.

“They should have been a little bit higher if you ask me,” Stoudemire said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “On paper we might be the best team in the league. We’ve got great players on this team who accomplished so much. We just couldn’t put it together.”

Best in the league? No chance. Teams like the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are way more loaded than the Knicks even on paper. That said, New York certainly had a better team on paper than the results reflected.

Stoudemire was injured for much of the year, but his play down the stretch kept the Knicks in contention. He has averaged 16.2 points and and 6.2 rebounds per game since the start of March. He simply got healthy too late.

“It’s been a tough year. It’s been a roller coaster year for us all,” Stoudemire added. “… Not making the playoffs is not an option. That’s not an option for us. We’re definitely looking to make the playoffs every year.”

The Knicks’ problems run deeper than Stoudemire’s poor health, and everyone knows it. Now that the playoffs are officially not an option, New York needs to worry about keeping Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.

This Knicks ‘One Shining Moment’ video is too perfect for words

Mike Woodson faceThe New York Knicks were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday when the Atlanta Hawks beat the Miami Heat. It was an unsurprising end to a disappointing season for the Knicks, but not everything about the season was bad. At least all their terrible moments and letdowns yielded this absolutely incredible cinematic treasure.

Some internetter who goes by @world_wide_wob put together a a truly fantastic compilation from the Knicks’ season and set it to the touching music of “One Shining Moment.”

Sit back, relax, watch, and enjoy one seriously hilarious video. They should sent it out as their pitch to potential season ticket holders.

Tyson Chandler: Knicks will be dangerous if we make playoffs

Tyson-Chandler-KnicksIf the NBA playoffs started today, the New York Knicks would be in. That’s right, the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and company have won 12 of their last 15 games, a streak that has allowed them to climb into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. And if the Knicks hold on and qualify for the postseason, Tyson Chandler thinks the rest of the league should be scared.

“I always thought we’d really give our ourselves a shot of making the playoffs,’’ Chandler said Monday after a win over the Utah Jazz, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. “I still believe if we get in there, somebody’s going to be in trouble.’’

New York still has six games remaining. The Atlanta Hawks, who are close behind them in the standings, have eight. The Knicks will need to continue playing well down the stretch to somehow continue their season in late April, but they seem as focused as they have all year.

“We can’t have any excuses at this point,” Chandler said. “Obviously it is going to be tough. But we have to leave it all on the basketball court.”

While I’m surprised to even be sitting here writing that the Knicks are in position to make the playoffs, I still don’t think they would advance past the first round. Sneaking into the postseason would mean making a date with either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have some serious dysfunction going on right now, but I still think they’d beat the Knicks in a seven-game series. The fact that we’re even talking about it — given how the New York’s season has gone — is what amazes me.

H/T Black Sports Online

James Dolan: ‘I am by no means an expert in basketball’

James-DolanThe New York Knicks officially introduced Phil Jackson as the newest member of the organization on Tuesday, and with that team owner James Dolan took the opportunity to say a few words. Dolan was honest, though I’m not sure his comments are going to sit well with Knicks fans like the ones who have organized a protest for Wednesday night outside Madison Square Garden.

“I am by no means a basketball expert,” Dolan told reporters, via a video that Deadspin shared. “I’m a fan, but my expertise lies in managing companies and businesses.”

Most Knicks fans would agree with that assessment, but there have been plenty of instances where Dolan has involved himself in the day-to-day basketball operations of the team. He has tried to make roster decisions without consulting his basketball people, which makes little sense when you take Thursday’s comments into consideration.

“I think I’m a little out of my element when it comes to the team,” Dolan said. “I found myself in a position where I needed to be more a part of the decision making for a while. It wasn’t necessarily something that I wanted to do, but as chairman of the company felt obligated to do. I’m happy now that we have a team of Phil and Steve (Mills) to do that.”

Simply put, Dolan was admitting his mistakes. He thought he could handle making basketball decisions the same way a lot of fans think they could do the same, but Dolan was wrong. Will Knicks fans forgive him? Not until the team can sustain success, but you have to admire the honesty.

Metta World Peace: Knicks wanted me to blend in, not lead

Metta World Peace KnicksMetta World Peace could not find much playing time with the New York Knicks and was averaging a career-low 4.8 points per game this season, which is one of the reasons he asked for his release. The other, he says, is that Mike Woodson and company were opposed to him trying to be a leader.

On Sunday, World Peace told Marc Berman of the NY Post that he was met with resistance at times when he attempted to be a team leader.

“I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” he said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.”

World Peace, or Ron Artest as some still know him, is in his 15th NBA season. While he is known for fighting fans and saying whacky things, he has also been one of the game’s best defensive players for a number of years. With the Knicks struggling as badly as they have, you would think veteran experience would be valued.

World Peace intends to play another season or two and then try to get into coaching. He would not rule out a return to the Knicks next season now that Phil Jackson is on board.

Knicks trying to get season ticket holders to game early the night of fan protest

James-DolanA group of disgusted New York Knicks fans are planning to protest outside Madison Square Garden the night before the team takes on the Indiana Pacers on March 19. The Facebook page for the rally has over 2,500 likes, and there’s a good chance a large group will show up. It’s also a virtual certainty that the Knicks are aware of it.

On Tuesday morning, the Knicks sent an email to season ticket holders inviting them to come to the game early on March 19 to meet some alumni, receive some vouchers and be treated like “VIP.” Here’s what the letter said, courtesy of Deadspin.

With the Knicks back from their west coast tour, we wanted to celebrate in a big way, with you! If you plan to attend the Knicks game on Wednesday, March 19th, we’d love for you to attend the Knicks Happy Hour, courtesy of Chase. At this event, you’ll meet some Alumni, receive vouchers for merchandise and concessions and be able to watch shoot-around from a great spot. The event starts at 6PM, which is an hour before doors open to the general public [and two hours before game time], so you’ll be a VIP!

If you and your guests would like to attend, please let me know and print the invite for admission. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you are able to join us.

Thanks!

Coincidence? Doubtful. It should be noted that New York has won four games in a row and is on the brink of hiring Phil Jackson, but that isn’t enough to erase the foul taste thousands of fans have in their mouths. The guys who run the protest page have already responded to the season ticket holder email, saying the Knicks should have made the “VIP” event at 5:00 because they will still be bumping into the protesters at 6:00.

Jackson will bring some buzz and excitement back to New York, but the Knicks are still likely to miss the playoffs. That will make for a long offseason.