You've got to hand it to Knicks coach Mike Woodson: when he decides someone isn't a starter, he really sticks to it.
It was misleading, it turns out, when the New York Knicks crushed the Miami Heat by 20 points on the road without Carmelo Anthony.
You have to hand it to the 2012 New York Yankees: they've certainly been consistent.
The New York Knicks agreed on Monday to a partially guaranteed contract with John Shurna, a sharp-shooting rookie forward out of Northwestern.
Two critical components of that team depth agreed to return to the Knicks on Monday. J.R. Smith, the mercurial shooting guard, agreed to a one-year deal with a second-year player option, at $2.8 million per season. And Steve Novak, whose three-point shooting electrified Madison Square Garden and near-Linsanity levels, signed a four-year, $15.6 million contract.
We don't know yet how the Dwight Howard saga will end, but we do know now what the sequence of events will look like if he's to end up on the Brooklyn Nets.
It's not a simple one.
A surprising ruling by an arbitrator on Friday night on the status of Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak will allow the Knicks to keep both players, and make other potentially meaningful upgrades to the roster.
R.A. Dickey entered Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 2.44 E.R.A. on the season, including a scoreless inning streak of 24 2/3 innings. So it took some doing to produce his best game of the season.
The Knicks will fight no more important battle this year, in all likelihood, than the arbitration hearing between the National Basketball Players' Association and the league Wednesday.(1)
Too bad for the Yankees that they didn't play the Angels last month.
Back then, the Angels were in disarray. Albert Pujols, the huge free-agent signing, wasn't hitting. The team sported early records of 6-14, then 14-19. The hitting coach was fired.
The news broken by Howard Beck of The New York Times Monday night—that the N.B.A. players' union will bring a case before an arbitrator that could allow the Knicks to easily retain both Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak—has enormous ramifications for New York's offseason.
Carmelo leads and Steve Novak and J.R. Smith follow, overwhelming the Celtics in an almost-playoff game
In Sunday's loss to the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks came up against the limitations of a formula that consists of stiff defense and utter reliance on Carmelo Anthony for offense.
Tuesday night, playing what amounted to an elimination game for home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series, they found out something about how far they might go if Anthony is surrounded by scorers.