Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
Reggie Jackson and Greg Monroe both soared in the Pistons’ win over the Knicks on Wednesday night, perhaps stating their respective cases for free agent contracts from New York this coming summer.
But if Phil Jackson is looking to bring excitement to The Garden, he may want to target someone else who hit the hardwood last night.
After missing an easy lay-up, a free throw attempt, and a shot from behind the three-point line, fan Shawn Kelly of West Orange, New Jersey banked in a remarkable half-court shot to win $10,000. The crowd went absolutely bonkers in disbelief.
In a dismal season with little to hope for, Kelly may have arguably provided fans with the season’s most exciting moment on the final night.
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
This long, dreadful season is mercifully over for the Knicks.
They concluded the regular campaign with a record of 17-65, one game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-66) for the NBA’s worst record.
The Knicks now have a 19.9 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft and a 55.8 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick, according to Tankathon.com.
The next key date for the Knicks is the NBA Draft lottery, set for May 19.
That will determine where Phil Jackson and company pick. To read more of this story, click here
The Knicks ended their season with a 112-90 loss to the Pistons.
New York got 25 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 24 points from Cole Aldrich. Aldrich also pulled down 15 rebounds.
No other Knick scored in the double digits.
Langston Galloway dished seven assists, as did Cleanthony Early.
This was the final game of the Knicks 2014-15 season. They ended 17-65.
The Knicks end their 2014-15 season against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.
Lance Thomas, Jason Smith, Cole Aldrich, Langston Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr. are expected to start.
February 27, 2015 – New York, in a thriller, outlasted the Detroit Pistons in double overtime to win its first game since Feb. 1, 2015 and captured its first game in overtime as the New York Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons 121-115 at the Palace at Auburn Hills. New York, in a team effort, was led by Andrea Bargnani’s team best 25 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Lou Amundson posted 17 points and a team best 14 rebounds for his first double-double as a New York Knick. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points. Detroit was led by Greg Monroe’s 28 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double over 44 minutes. Andre Drummond posted 21 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double over 41 minutes. To read more of this story, click here
Here’s the Knicks 2014-15 season in a nutshell, set to the classic NCAA tourney “One Shining Moment” song…
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
Knicks GM Steve Mills and assistant GM Allan Houston were among the NBA personnel on hand Wednesday morning at Terminal 23 watching the Jordan Brand Classic practice.
Both declined interviews.
Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks was also on hand as all 30 NBA teams were represented.
Among the 24 players in Friday’s game at Barclays Center are Kentucky-bound Skal Labissiere, the projected No. 1 pick in 2016 according to DraftExpess.com; projected No. 2 pick Jaylen Brown; No. 4 Malik Newman; and No. 12 Cheick Diallo.
Brown, Newman and Diallo have yet to announce their college choices.
The Knicks, who are in contention for the No. 1 pick this year, currently have no first-round pick in 2016.
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Rumors connecting the Knicks and impending free agent Greg Monroe have been swirling non-stop lately.
That trend continued into Wednesday.
Monroe’s agent, David Falk, said the soon-to-be free-agent center has yet to narrow down a “short list” of teams he’s going to be interested in, but gave a strong indication that the Knicks will be on it.
“We are well aware the Knicks have cap space and we will sit down with them at the appropriate time,” Falk told The New York Post, adding now is not that time.
The rumors linking Monroe and the Knicks heated up over the weekend when the New York Daily News reported the team is eyeing the Pistons’ big man, and that Knicks president Phil Jackson was not only going to pursue Monroe in free agency but that it was “about as close to a done deal as you can get.”
However, “done deals” don’t bode well for impending free agents in mid-April. On Sunday, Monroe denied the rumors to MLive.com.
When it comes to free agency rumors, it’s impossible not to try and connect all the pieces.
The Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA, so naturally every free agent will be connected to the organization over the coming weeks as rumors and whispers leak about how the team plans to resurrect itself entering next season.
The Knicks have $30 million of cap space and probably closer to $26 million will be left over after their lottery pick. Monroe will likely seek a max deal worth close to $15 million annually.
Then again, aren’t the Knicks linked to Reggie Jackson? Isn’t LeBron James coming to town? Aren’t we all waiting for Kevin Durant to don the Blue and Orange?
Rumors are fun, but they’re also silly. Let’s not go ahead of ourselves too quickly. Speculation is fun, but you can go mad trying to piece together the puzzle while the pieces are still in the box.