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- Knicks sign forward Orlando Sanchez (The Associated Press) September 17, 2014NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks signed former St. John's forward Orlando Sanchez on Wednesday.
- James unveils new shoe before restart with Cavs (The Associated Press) September 17, 2014LeBron James had some business to take care before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp. He was at Nike's corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs. ''But I love it because it has my name and logo on it.'' The rollout comes less than two weeks before the four-time league MVP reports to training camp.
- MPG Projections: The Atlantic (Rotoworld) September 16, 2014Aaron Bruski lays down MPG predictions for the Atlantic Division, where the Sixers may or may not be holding local tryouts for their second unit.
- The 10-man rotation, starring really cool video games that help us forget (Ball Don't Lie) September 12, 2014A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : YouTube . We don’t like to advertise such things here, but the trailer for a particular portion of NBA 2K15 looks pretty sweet. PF : Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Chris Vivlamore on the unending discord in the Atlanta Hawks’ front office. SF : Washington Post . Michael Lee on the unending discord in the Atlanta Hawks’ front office. Sensing something, here. SG : Sports Illustrated . Michael Rosenberg discusses why Danny Ferry, currently on a nonsense “ indefinite leave of absence ,” needs to be fired. PG : SB Nation . Seth Rosenthal points to the hypocrisy behind the “we all have skeletons in our closet”-nonsense. If you’re an adult and you don’t say stupid things, you won’t get in trouble for saying stupid things. It’s that stupidly simple. 6th : New York Times . Knicks owner James Dolan’s musical life really is like that scene in ‘Funny People’ where Adam Sandler’s character has to pay a group of musicians more money in order to hang around and jam with him. 7th : Deseret News . Andrei Kirilenko’s house in Salt Lake City was burglarized recently. Luckily, his family wasn’t home at the time, and the thieves focused on taking video games and comic books over more expensive paintings and the like. 8th : Bleacher Report : A very cool look at the terribly underrated, if quite oafish, 1994 Team USA outfit. 9th : Detroit Bad Boys . Has Stan Van Gundy already started making mistakes in Detroit? 10th : At the Hive . A very cool and thorough look at Rich Cho’s time spent manning the Charlotte franchise. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
- J.R. Smith says he'd still be untying opponent's shoelaces if the NBA hadn't started fining him (Ball Don't Lie) September 10, 2014J.R. Smith isn’t entirely harmless, this is the man that acted as the tragic and pivotal factor in a car crash that killed his best friend in 2007, but if you’re not a fan of the New York Knicks you probably regard him as one of the NBA’s more tolerable oddities. A goofball that isn’t hurting your fandom, because he’s not hoisting 25-footers for your team. The tricky balance with Smith came to light last winter, when he was caught on tape untying the shoelaces of both Shawn Marion and then Greg Monroe in consecutive games , earning him a $50,000 fine for the second – and I use this term advisedly – “infraction.” No matter how innocuous, the NBA’s front office does not like being openly defied in front of high definition cameras for the second time in three days, and Smith cut out the shoelace-messin’ immediately after. In a talk with Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling , however, Smith (and we use this word advisedly as well, because this is the NBA’s dead season) “revealed” that he’d still be untying the laces had the league not started levying fines. (Seriously, games need to get here quickly.) From Zwerling’s conversation , via Pro Basketball Talk : B/R: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? JRS: People think I’m just some wild child, that I’m just somebody that bugs out all the time and doesn’t care. That’s the main thing that pisses me off the most. People who actually take the time to come [to my golf tournament] and get to know me, they know what I’m about. But some people don’t really care to come. B/R: Do you think that stems from your occasional antics, like when you got fined last season for untying your opponents’ shoelaces? JRS: I do care about the fines because it’s loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun. I would do [the shoelace thing] again if there wasn’t a fine. But now that I’m in my 10th year in the NBA, I take the game more seriously than I did my first five, six years. (You’ll note that J.R. Smith untied the laces of three players and messed with Vince Carter’s headband in his ninth year , not his fifth or sixth.) As Brett Pollakoff at Pro Basketball Talk pointed out , the laces nonsense seemed a little misplaced at the time, because Smith was goofing around while working through a terrible personal slump on a Knicks team that was trying to overcome a 12-22 record in a disappointing season. His fine came during one of New York’s many 2013-14 low points, with several writers taking to their laptops in the days that followed to document just how little the rest of the league thinks of J.R. Smith . Of course, this is all so stupid, which is what we wrote even during the heat of the NBA’s busy season. Baseball players working through terrible slumps on terrible, underachieving teams pull this sort of stuff all the time in the dugout, and nobody says a damn thing about it, much less bust out the $50,000 fine in response. With that in place … don’t touch the damn shoes. These aren’t baseball players. These are basketball players that are expected to box out and jump for the next rebound, or even box out and half-jump should the free throw attempt go in. Does the idea that the NBA decided that it needed to fine J.R. $50,000 just for pulling a silly prank for the second (and, as we found out, third that we know of ) time seem ridiculous on the surface? Of course … but don’t mess with other players’ shoelaces. The odds aren’t great that these fabulous athletes could injure themselves in a resulting, shoelace-inspired accident – but the odds are still there. Don’t do it. In much safer, but just as expensive, pursuits, Smith is chasing down his love of golf to an almost ridiculous level. Not only is he basically following around the PGA Tour as it darts from town to town over the summer, he’s staying behind the tour to play the courses after the pros leave town, in a pastime that must be costing him tens if not hundreds of thousands. Beats the hell out of paying way too much, allegedly, for a ridiculous truck . From Bleacher Report : Bleacher Report: You've basically been simulating the life of a pro golfer this summer. What's that been like? J.R. Smith: I was following the [PGA] Tour at one point starting in May, supporting Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley, all good friends of mine. I went to the Wells Fargo Championship [in May in Charlotte , North Carolina], The Players Championship [in May in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida], the Quicken Loans National [in June in Bethesda, Maryland] and The Barclays two weeks ago [in Paramus, New Jersey]. I would watch [each tournament] from Thursday to Sunday and then play the course on Monday. I would say I've probably played 50 courses this summer. Around six a week. Smith credits Moses Malone, of all people, for introducing him to the game; pointing out that his first ever golf shot was a pitch-perfect drive, only to be followed by days and weeks’ worth of golf-related heartbreak that any hacker can appreciate. It’s what kept him coming back. Now he just needs to resist the temptation to keep untying the shoelaces of unknowing 6-10 guys that need to run and jump for a living. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
- A New Track and a New Tack September 14, 2014James L. Dolan says he is spending less time on the Knicks and more time with his blues band, perhaps a sign that he really will give Phil Jackson a wide berth to run the team.
- Stephon Marbury the Musical: A Tale of Making It in Beijing August 28, 2014The mutual love affair between the former N.B.A. player and his adopted home of Beijing will reach a new milestone this fall when “I Am Stephon Marbury,” a musical about his life in China, opens in the capital.
- LeBron James and Cavs Open vs. Knicks August 14, 2014The N.B.A. on Wednesday released its schedule, which begins on Oct. 28 with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of three games.
- From Metta World Peace to 'The Pandas Friend' August 11, 2014Metta World Peace, the American basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, is changing his name once again as he joins the Sichuan Blue Whales.
- Knicks Trade for Kings Forwards August 7, 2014The Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.