Watching the Knicks
• Knicks forward Julius Randle speaks on 2OT win over Celtics
• No firm timetable yet for return of Bulls guard Coby White
• Deandre Ayton speaks on lack of Suns extension agreement
• G League: Raptors 905 coaching staff announced
• Pelicans and Jonas Valanciunas agree to contract extension
• Jaylen Brown had some breathing issues due to COVID-19
• Jim Boylen named head coach of November 2021 USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team
• DeMar DeRozan buys new Chicago mansion
• Celtics re-sign Jabari Parker
• Timberwolves exercise contract options on Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels
• Raptors exercise contract options on Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn
• Lakers add Avery Bradley via waiver wire
• Hawks sign Kevin Huerter to contract extension
• Pacers sign Malcolm Brogdon to contract extension
• Grizzlies sign Jaren Jackson Jr. to contract extension
• Rockets add Garrison Mathews, waive Anthony Lamb
• Spurs exercise contract options on Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell
• Hornets waive Wes Iwundu
• Lakers sign Jay Huff to two-way contract
• Celtics sign Brodric Thomas to two-way contract
• Raptors waive forward Ishmail Wainright
• Memphis Grizzlies waive Kris Dunn, David Stockton and Matthew Hurt
• OKC Thunder waive Mamadi Diakite, Justin Jaworski and Oliver Sarr
• Trail Blazers waive Patrick Patterson, Marquese Chriss and Quinn Cook
• Timberwolves waive forward Vince Edwards
• Orlando Magic waive Admiral Schofield, B.J. Johnson, Jeff Dowtin and Hassani Gravett
• Utah Jazz waive forward Nino Johnson
• Mavericks waive Justin Jackson and EJ Onu
• Sacramento Kings exercise contract option on Tyrese Haliburton
• Dallas Mavericks sign Justin Jackson and E.J. Onu
• Dallas Mavericks waive Carlik Jones, Feron Hunt and Tyrell Terry
• Miami Heat waive DJ Stewart, Javonte Smart, Micah Potter and Dru Smith
• Rockets sign Daishen Nix, waive Marcus Foster
• Atlanta Hawks exercise contract options on De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Onyeka Okongwu
• Timberwolves waive Brian Bowen II, Chris Silva, Matt Lewis and Isaiah Miller
• Grizzlies sign David Stockton, waive Ahmad Caver
• Kings waive forward Emanuel Terry
• Timberwolves sign forward Vince Edwards
• Lakers waive Joel Ayayi, Chaundee Brown Jr., Cameron Oliver and Trevelin Queen
• Pelicans waive John Petty Jr.
• Utah Jazz sign forward Nino Johnson
• Utah Jazz waive Derrick Alston Jr., Marques Bolden and MaCio Teague
• Charlotte Hornets waive Jalen Crutcher and Cameron McGriff
• Rockets sign Armoni Brooks and Marcus Foster, waive Tyler Bey
• Grizzlies sign Ahmad Caver and Matthew Hurt, waive Sean McDermott and Romeo Weems
• Lakers waive guard Mac McClung
The Knicks are struggling this season in a big way, but the roster is loaded with players that are interesting to follow. Here's what's up:
Zach Randolph: He's scoring and rebounding as expected. But watch his passing, away-from-ball movement, defense and other parts of his game and see if it grows as he gets used to his new teammates.
Eddy Curry: The big guy isn't rebounding. But he is scoring. Pay attention to how he gets his buckets, and what happens when he goes for boards. And watch how he and Randolph play together.
Jamal Crawford: He can score in dramatic fashion, but he's hitting just 40.5% of his shots. Watch if he just creates shots entirely on his own or if someone else helps him get easy looks.
Stephon Marbury: Perhaps booing from hometown fans inspires him to play on a higher level, as he recently did against the Jazz.
David Lee: The most basketball-smart Knicks player on the offensive side of the floor, watch how Lee catches a pass and immediately tries to keep the play and ball movement going, and appreciate his away-from-ball movement. Defensively, improvement is needed.
Nate Robinson: He showed positive flashes early on but for the season is shooting just 36.7%. Will he ever be a true point guard who makes teammates better?
Quentin Richardson: Tries hard and defense but can't buy a basket this season, shooting a miserable 31.1% and a ridiculously bad 23.5% from three-point range. Watch which shots he gets and the spots he gets those shots.
Fred Jones: He's been athletic, but that's about it.
Wilson Chandler: Doesn't play much, but when he shoots it looks pretty and goes in.
Renaldo Balkman: Good at scrapping, cutting, moving extremely well without the ball in a manner that makes defenders work. He and David Lee are the two most basketball-smart players on the team. Though, Balkman is just a good role player and a source of energy best used in limited minutes off the bench.
Others: Mardy Collins and Jared Jeffries are deep bench players (forget that Collins started three games, that was a fluke). Malik Rose is there to give good veteran quotes in interviews. Jerome James is an insult to pro sports and shouldn't be in the league.
Even if the Knicks keep losing they still have plenty of individual players that are interesting to follow.
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