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Knicks sign Cleanthony Early

The Knicks have signed draft pick Cleanthony Early to a contract, the team announced.

Early, 6-8, 219-pounds, was selected by New York in second round (34th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft following his senior season at Wichita State University.

The Bronx, NY-native led the Shockers to an undefeated regular season (34-0), with averages of 16.4 points on 48.6-percent shooting and 5.9 rebounds. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, over 27.9 minutes, in four games for New York’s entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League at Las Vegas, NV.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

One could consider it a relief for the Knicks to have finally signed Early, but perhaps such a union was never truly in doubt.

Early stands to make an impact for a Knicks team that will looking to cement its new identity by utilizing the triangle offense this coming season.

The young gun proved to be a high-octane energy guy during NBA Summer League, hustling his way towards loose balls, rebounds, and serving as a decent defender as well. He’ll fit in just fine as a complementary player who does all of the little things.

Early’s signing, as positive as it may be, presents an interesting “dilemma” for the Knicks. The addition of the Witchita State product fills up the roster once again, meaning Phil Jackson will need to waive another player, or do some sort of two-for-one trade, if and when he plans on bringing anyone else new into the fold.




207 comments
rico
rico

We don't want to see our opponents get injured we just want to see them "figuratively" throw their coach, fans and each other under the bus.

and refuse to compete.

Antonio Robinson
Antonio Robinson

If your true basketball ball fan you hope no one gets injured because you in joy playing a team when there at there best so you no you won with no excuses

cole3244
cole3244

i hope others are as embarrassed as i am that a knicks fans, at least two would take pleasure with a player getting injured, that kind of attitude & comment should be condemned no matter the franchise or fan base, pathetic and repugnant.

C0P0
C0P0

New thread up.

C0P0
C0P0

In a game that Rose returns from his 2nd major injury, to public adulation, Paul George breaks his leg. Just crazy.

brookdon
brookdon

@MarkJonesESPN

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Kevin Love didn't play because of the possibility of what happened to Paul George.This will be a turning point.No more NBA stars in FIBA.$$$

1:32 AM - 2 Aug 2014

KnicksMaybeThisYear
KnicksMaybeThisYear

That was horrible, wish him the best. Good thing he signed a long term extension last year.

He's a great player

horrific injury

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Paul Georges career might be cut short because of this injury. If you look at the guy from Louisville that had a similar injury a lot of people will tell you was never the same in terms of exlosiveness and lift afterwards

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

first of all I have never celebrated injury with any other teams players because I don't want any of my teams players injured. I was simply referring to the fact that I did not recognize it was Paul George instead of George Hill more of a mental thing about my day is not starting out well .it had nothing, zero to do with Paul George or the Indiana Pacers

jax13
jax13

Injuries affect every season in some way, shape or form....

Another reason I am happy we have a system instead of the offense being iso melo. We would be done if we lost melo but a system like the triangle will make his life easier.

Pacers were too reliant on pg n lance to create for others. They have no system.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

not going to lie, I've been reading about this for the last five minutes here and online and I just realized it was Paul George not George hill they were talking abou.

This day is starting out well .

jax13
jax13

Sux for pg, never want to see an injury like that to anyone.

He will miss season but he will come back.

Even with pg, the pacers lacked that toughness and offensive fluidity. It also does not help that g hill is their point guard n lance is gone.

U think pacers would want some expiring contracts for David west if they are rebuilding? I love his game.....

zebeto
zebeto

Paul George injury ,even though gruesome  (tibia/fibula compound fracture) , im sure he'll make a full recovery and play once again ................i have seen a few pro soccer player get the very same injury and come back full force .

..

...he'll be in the sidelines for 8-12 months though .

semperfi
semperfi

The Knicks will exceed everyone's expectations, top upgrades, #1 championship caliber leadership, #2 new system, #3 point guard, #4 bench depth, #5 more impactful focused JR, forget about last year, this team will win 50+ games!

clyde69
clyde69

Cleveland Cavaliers 27/20 Chicago Bulls 16/5 Indiana Pacers 7/1Washington Wizards 15/1Toronto Raptors 25/1New York Knicks 25/1Miami Heat 25/1Brooklyn Nets 30/1Charlotte Hornets 35/1Atlanta Hawks 35/1


This is before Paul George injury.

greekfreak
greekfreak

East just opened up a bit more with the George injury. I'm sure they are regretting not re-signing Lance... He played well in George's absence last season.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Sorry for George and Pacer fans ( even tho I hate the pacers).   Now, not to be a dick, but how does change the east and effect the Knicks?  East seem very very wide open now. 

clyde69
clyde69

Sorry about George.Move David West to small forward and trade for Stat and 2018 #1 pick for trade exemption and 2019 pacers #1.

dylan
dylan

@BiggieTKB Never like seeing injuries like that, but the East is wide open. A lot of the potential top teams also have very injury prone players (Rose, Wade, Amare, etc.), so this should be an interesting year. If the Knicks can put it together quickly, I think 50 wins probably gets us a top 3 seed. 

C0P0
C0P0

@BiggieTKB I'm not keen on the cheering part. Personally, I think it's in poor taste and not very good karma. However, acknowledging the situation and its affect on standings, is another thing all together. 


dylan
dylan

@brookdon Was just about to mention Love before I saw you posted this. I don't think anybody is going to criticize him for withdrawing anymore. Can't blame players on contract years for not wanting to take an unnecessary risk. 

C0P0
C0P0

@brookdon Where I was going with that discussion last night. 

brookdon
brookdon

According to Spears at Yahoo it was only a bone break with no ancillary damage so after a year he should come back fine. As other said though, the process of healing mentally is worse. He'll be afraid to do a lot of things that he usually does when he gets back out on the court.

jax13
jax13

I am not as big on love. A lot of injuries, he has done well on a bad team for the first part of his career. Let's see how he does in Cleveland.

He will get a lot of the blame if they don't have success....

rico
rico

When you say "not going to lie" des it mean thar the rest of your posts were all lies and this is a singular moment of honesty?

zebeto
zebeto

@orlando_knickfan ..starting out well ??...........cmon now , not cool to wish an injury like that on anybody

zebeto
zebeto

@purehussle  still think they can squeek into playoffs ...but def as maybe a 7 or 8 seed only ........ losing lance and George is a lil too much

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@clyde69 shows how much of a game changer that special man is, has to be one of the best SF/SG's in the current NBA, irreplaceable

C0P0
C0P0

@OLDKNICK3

SerIously, I expect the Knicks to make the Playoffs and make another 2nd round appearance. From there, pray to the baby Jesus if that's your thing. LOL 

greekfreak
greekfreak

The injury is why owners want the Olympics to insure the players contracts. They make tons of money and risk nothing. Now Indy owner is down like $17 mill over this injury.. SMH

brookdon
brookdon

Dick makes it but Rudy Ga_y's name doesn't? Lol

brookdon
brookdon

Pacers are done. Lost their two best players.

Bulls and Cavs on top but honestly I wouldn't be surprised if any playoff team took it. No team is far and away better than the field. Knicks in the mix as well.

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

I can't believe he's even awake, I'd want to coma myself for at least a few days before saying anything, what a soldier

brookdon
brookdon

I'm happy for George that he got that extension. There's no real loyalty among owners towards players and they would have let him go quickly if he doesn't heal correctly. Good for him for having that security.

rico
rico

They'll get an injury exception and who knows maybe they'll swing a trade. I wouldn't conclude that Bird is throwing in the towel. He's not like that.

zebeto
zebeto

@Knickname_ @zebeto ...i dont wish that on anybody ! .....saw the injury live here in brasil , though he had only twisted his ankle at first .............then th slow motion .........oh no !

brookdon
brookdon

Pacers recoup $6.5 million if PG missed the season

rico
rico

@OLDKNICK3 @Knicksgirl35 @cole3244 I think Obama said it best when commenting on Donald Sterling's racist remarks.


"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you really don't have to do anything you just let them talk"  

President Obama 


rico
rico

@BiggieTKB yeah but there are 3 months or more until the season.  He's a hard guy to replace but don't think Bird is going to do his best to try.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@Knicksgirl35 @jax13 Love reminds me of Lee but he is a better shooter and rebounder than Lee but both implement the olay defense style which I hate since I'm a defense loving guy and so is Phil when he came onto the Knicks Holtzman drafted him and Clyde for dee.I think our power forward should be a real good defender to protect the paint and rim.

jax13
jax13

Yep. Perfectly said.

greekfreak
greekfreak

No doubt. Still a big hit for the owner, IMO