Amar’e Stoudemire is an afterthought, and Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are hurt.
So meet the new “Big Three” of the New York Knicks – Jeremy Lin, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak.
The trio combined to lead the Knicks to a nationally televised 104-97 victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, their eight win in nine games.
Remember the calls for coach Mike D’Antoni’s job and the blind hope that Baron Davis and his balky back would be the season’s savior? Although it may seem like it was in another millennium, it was just over two weeks ago. Now, their biggest problem right now appears to be getting everyone healthy and figuring out how the original “Big Three” can play with the new “Big Three.”
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Dallas Mavericks fans watched free-agent center Tyson Chandler walk out the door Thursday. Forward Caron Butler followed and guards J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson are likely next.
Fans fretted on the sports radio airwaves Thursday that normally free-spending owner Mark Cuban is frittering away a chance for a repeat championship by offering key pieces to last season’s title run a take-it-or-leave-it, one-year contract offer. Cuban, however, said he is reacting to the new rules of the collective bargaining agreement that was ratified Thursday by the league’s owners and players.
“This was the plan the minute we agreed to the new CBA,” Cuban said. “This is 100 percent about the CBA and understanding the impact it will have on the market.”
The New York Knicks are strong candidates to sign NBA free agent Tyson Chandler, according to CBS Sports reporter Ken Berger.
For the Knicks to acquire the 29-year-old center they would likely have to grant Chauncey Billups amnesty or trade the 14-year veteran point guard to make way for Chandler. If the Knicks were to come to terms with the center, the move would likely put New York out of the Chris Paul bidding war.
Jason Terry has figured out a simple way for the Dallas Mavericks to bring back the entire roster to defend their NBA title.
While everyone was going through their exit interviews – still caught up in the thrill of the first championship for the organization and for almost everyone involved – Terry urged Dirk Nowitzki to go with him to team president Donnie Nelson’s office and lobby for the immediate re-signing of Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, J.J. Barea and the rest of the free agents-to-be.
“Some checks’ll be bigger than others,” Terry told Nowitzki, “but we’ve got to keep this thing intact.”
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Kendrick Perkins and Tyson Chandler can’t even agree on whether there is bad blood between the big men.
According to the Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler, there’s no negative history between the two centers who were whistled for double technicals only 70 seconds into the series opener of the Western Conference finals.
Oklahoma City ‘s Perkins has an opposing opinion about his rivalry with Chandler.
“Me and Tyson never got along. I’m serious,” said Perkins, whom the Thunder acquired in a trade deadline deal with the Boston Celtics. “He don’t like me, I don’t like him and that’s pretty much how it’s been. Everybody always looks at me as kind of like a dirty player if you’re on the opposite team, but he’s just as dirty as anybody else.”
Should be interesting to watch as the series goes on. Perkins just looks like he is always pissed off. Guys in the league describe him as very likeable though.
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