New York Knicks legend Harry Gallatin has passed away at the age of 88 (Helin, Oct. 7).
Gallatin, who played for the Knicks from 1948-57, once held the record for consecutive games played with 610. He was nicknamed “The Horse,” and averaged 11.9 rebounds and 13 points per game over a 10-year career. Gallatin was named an All-Star seven times while playing in New York and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
It’s official: a new season is here, and with it comes an opportunity for the Knicks to start fresh and put last year behind them. With a bevy of new faces and some potentially reliable returning ones as well, there’s hope that New York may be able to develop a rhythm, come together, and excel even more in the triangle offense.
All of that, of course, begins Wednesday night when the team plays its first preseason game against Bauru (Brazil) at The Garden. There will be some growing pains along the way and obviously some offseason rust to shake off. That said, here are a few things to look for, not only in game one, but throughout the preseason.
Continuity: A major key to the Knicks’ finding success this season will be their respective ability to keep the ball moving. While Carmelo Anthony easily excels in creating his own offense, he can’t do it all by himself. The team will hopefully benefit from contributions by multiple players if they’re able to spread the wealth and create a balanced attack. Keep the defense guessing. New York certainly employs enough players who can score the basketball. Displaying good offensive flow will ensure that the pressure no longer falls on the shoulders of one or two individuals. Of course, everyone needs to keep moving well without the ball too, in order to create better spacing. This often leads to easier and smarter shot selection. To read more of this story, click here
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
The Knicks on Tuesday officially named Mike Miller head coach of their D-League franchise, the Westchester Knicks.
We reported back in August that Miller would get the job, replacing the fired Kevin Whitted.
“We are excited to welcome Mike and his family to the Westchester Knicks,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Mike brings a wealth of experience in coaching and developing players and will be a great leader for us as we look to evolve and advance our team into the future.”
Miller joins the Westchester Knicks after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs, the NBA Development League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Austin went 32-18 in the 2014-15 season, clinching the Southwestern Division title.
Miller brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Westchester. Prior to joining the Spurs, he served as an assistant to UC Riverside during the 2012-2013 season. From 2005-2012, Miller was the head coach at Eastern Illinois University. Before leading the Panthers, Miller spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State University (2000-2005).
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has yet to announce tomorrow night’s starting lineup against Bauru, but did say that F Carmelo Anthony, PG Jose Calderon and C Robin Lopez will be apart of it (Berman, Oct. 6).
One player that Fisher has ruled out is SG Arron Afflalo. He missed his fourth straight practice with a hamstring injury on Tuesday and will not play in tomorrow’s game.
Fisher added he wouldn’t have any problems with starting two rookies, F Kristaps Porzingis and SG Jerian Grant, if he was convinced they were the best options.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
On Monday, Carmelo Anthony aggressively denied that he would seek a trade out of New York if things go south for the Knicks this season.
As the team’s centerpiece, much of that obviously depends on Anthony himself.
But the fact of the matter is that the Knicks made improvements this past summer, largely in part to give Anthony the support he needs. The forward is truly a star (it still needs to be proven that he’s also a winner), but he can’t do it all by himself. It’d be unreasonable to expect Anthony to carry the team on his back, healthy or not.
It’s worth shifting gears just a bit to ponder who else, aside from Anthony, will step up this season. As erratic as J.R. Smith was as his Knicks’ tenure fizzled out, it can’t be denied how much the team benefitted when his offense was rolling. New York desperately needs a Robin to Anthony’s Batman. Can Arron Afflalo step into such a role? That’s the hope. To do so, he’ll need to work on driving to the basket and beating defenders off the dribble, much more so than settling for mid and/or fadeaway jumpers. The team needs him to be the efficient player he proved to be in Denver and Orlando, and much less the one who seemingly struggled with confidence in Portland. He has a clear role with the Knicks, and that should help.
Anthony is one of the best players in the league when it comes to creating his own offense. While there’s a hope that he can get his teammates more involved this time around, it’s best to let him do what he does best. This means the team’s floor generals, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, will have to pull their weight. As last season’s struggles proved, the Knicks need someone to guide them. Calderon and Grant will have to command respect on the floor and effectively create space. This would not only put teammates in the best spots to score, but also open things up for Anthony to get cooking.
As Anthony and Afflalo sit down, it’ll be up to the likes of Langston Galloway, Sasha Vujacic, and Derrick Williams (among others) to provide that necessary scoring punch off the bench. The Knicks seemingly boast enough depth to create a balanced attack, regardless of who starts and who comes off the bench.
Speaking of a balanced attack, success won’t merely come from excelling on the offensive end. Set to play at the four, Anthony is quick and agile enough to stay in front of opposing power forwards. Whether he’s also strong (or durable) enough remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Robin Lopez is set to be the team’s much needed defensive anchor — the type of player they missed all season long in the absence of Tyson Chandler. He, along with the likes of Kyle O’Quinn, Kevin Seraphin, and Lou Amundson, are grinders who are specifically expected to do the dirty work and take the pressure off others. On the flip side, Lopez is also one of the better offensive rebounders in the league.
There are obviously a few wild cards to keep an eye on, too. If the Knicks rely upon the aforementioned players for contributions, anything Kristaps Porzingis provides will be a welcomed bonus. There’s no need to depend heavily on him now.
Still, the Knicks will need to find that perfect balance on both ends of the floor to provide Anthony the support he needs along the way.
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
Kurt Rambis believes it will take time for Kristaps Porzingis to adjust to life in the NBA, but calls the 7-foot-3 Latvian a “dangerous” shooter who has similarities to Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol.
“His ability to shoot the basketball is very dangerous,” said Rambis, who on Monday ran Knicks practice in place of Derek Fisher, who was out for personal reasons. “And teams are going to be very wary of of him. His reputation as a shooter is going to get around the league quickly.”
Rambis works with the Knicks big men and couldn’t heap enough praise onto Porzingis, whom the Knicks chose at No. 4 in the NBA Draft.
“He’s got 3-point range,” Rambis said. “Like effortless 3-point range, too. It’s not even hard for him to shoot from that distance.” To read more of this story, click here