Why Jerome Jordan signing with Nets could benefit the Knicks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

On Thursday, the Nets signed former Knicks’ center Jerome Jordan to a training camp contract. Ironically enough, if there were ever a time when a player signing with one team benefits another, it’d be now.

New York’s frontline appears set with the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, Jason Smith, Cole Aldrich, and Quincy Acy already gracing the roster. But last week, the organization selected Jordan as part of the D-League expansion draft for the Westchester Knicks, acquiring his D-League rights, should he opt to play in the minor league this coming season. As fate would have it, Jordan’s camp contract with the Nets may subsequently put him exactly where the Knicks want him.

Though there are plenty of benefits to playing in the D-League, financial security isn’t one of them. A player’s annual salary (the highest tier salary maxes out at about $25,000) is nothing to write home about. This fact, more so than just about anything else, makes signing overseas all the more appealing.

Having said that, if aspiring NBA players are able to secure an NBA training camp contract prior to the start of the season, the money they stand to gain (in addition to a forthcoming D-League salary) is sometimes enough to suffice. Playing with the Nets over the next month plus may convince Jordan to remain closer to home. If and when he gets cut, the big man could subsequently end up back in the D-League, playing for Westchester.

Of course, keeping a close eye on their D-League players and teaching them the triangle this season would ensure such players are ready and able to fill any voids, should the NBA Knicks be in need midseason.

TKB Podcast: Hip-hop legend Chuck D and Larry Johnson talk Knicks

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton welcome hip-hop legend Chuck D to the show, and surprise him on the phone with special guest former Knicks forward Larry Johnson

The guys talk about their love of the Knicks, growing up in the same town as Dr. J and GM Steve Mills and what’s in store for the Knicks in 2015.

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  • Melo’s comments at the Bloomberg Sports Conference
  • Chuck D joins the show (16:00)
  • Rick Fox wants a spot on the Knicks’ bench
  • Controversy with the Hawks’ owner

J.R. Smith on shoelace incident: ‘I would do it again’

Sam Spiegelman

We’re a few months removed from J.R. Smith’s shoelace incident in which he untied his opponents’ shoelaces in the middle of free throws.

There was the time Smith successfully untied Shawn Marion’s shoe. Then after receiving a warning from the NBA, he attempted to the same to Greg Monroe.

J.R. SmithA $50,000 fine handed down from the league stopped Smith from attempting to untie any more shoelaces the rest of the season, but if there weren’t financial ramifications, you could bet Smith would do it again.

In an interview with Bleacher Report, Smith said he cares about those fines and if they weren’t involved he’d continue to have fun on the court.

From the interview:

“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.

“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.”


Glen Grunwald referred to himself as ‘Invisible G.M.’ of Knicks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Since Phil Jackson returned to the Big Apple to run the Knicks, there have been plenty of changes already. Of course, the team has a firm plan for the future, and a few alterations to the roster have already been made.

But more than that, the culture is different, perhaps that for better. Jackson has made himself and members of the team more accessible to the media (and subsequently, the public), which is a trend that will likely continue.

Of course, that wasn’t always the case. In a recent interview, former Knicks’ executive Glen Grunwald said that he would sometimes refer to himself as the “Invisible G.M.” during his time in New York. Here’s why:

“The Knicks’ media policy was that we weren’t to talk to the media unless we had an announcement. I had almost a negligible relationship with the media in New York so I sort of referred to myself as the ‘invisible GM.” In Toronto, the organization was obviously more open with the media,” Grunwald told RaptorsHQ. “I didn’t have bad relationships with the media in New York, I just didn’t have relationships with the media in there. The point that New York City is tough media market is probably true, but Toronto is not far behind.”

Since leaving the Knicks, Grunwald recently accepted a position as Athletic Director of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

Knicks sign Langston Galloway and Travis Wear

The Knicks have signed guard Langston Galloway and forward Travis Wear, the team announced.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The Knicks have had success taking chances on NBA Summer League standouts in previous years. They can only hope the likes of Galloway and Wear follow suit.

Galloway is an offensive fireball. A relatively local product out of St. Joseph’s University, the point guard is an explosive young gun who likes to attack the basket. He showed an ability to do so for the Knicks in Las Vegas, providing a nice scoring spark off the bench on multiple occasions.

Whereas Galloway had more of an opportunity to truly strut his stuff, Wear only played marginally during Summer League. If nothing else, he’s a big body who will play aggressively and push his Knicks teammates during camp.

Each player will be hungry to prove their worth, seemingly presenting challenges for the other players on the roster. That’s what training camp is all about.

Though camp invitees aren’t ever considered too likely to make the team’s roster, both Galloway and Wear could still have Knickerbocker futures. The team has the right retain a select few players for their D-League squad after they are cut in NBA camp.

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What position should the Knicks focus on in training camp?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The Knicks’ roster may be maxed out at fifteen players heading into training camp, but there are undoubtedly still different things to be explored. In addition to the existent roster, New York can extend up to five invitations for free agents to join in on the fun during camp.

Iman ShumpertTaking that into consideration, what positions should the Knicks prioritize most? While the roster may be set, it’s still worth it to take chances on intriguing players and explore the abilities of those who play positions that the team may need insurance at later on in the year.

Floor generals Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni, and Shane Larkin are sure to have their hands full learning the triangle offense. Iman Shumpert can play multiple positions. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are likely to eat up most of the minutes at shooting guard.  Carmelo Anthony, Travis Outlaw, and Cleanthony Early can man the wings. With the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, Quincy Acy, and Jason Smith all ready to man the front line, the Knicks appear covered at the four and five positions.

On the surface, it would appear as though the Knicks are stacked at their front line. There are plenty of talented fours and fives ready to don orange and blue next season. The list of players may seem extensive at first, but each of those aforementioned big men have battled injuries in the past. They’ve become more susceptible to ending up on sidelined over the course of the season. Should that happen next season, the Knicks may feel more comfortable opting to lean on other players they understand are dependable and fill voids in their system.

Training camp would allow then to explore (and potentially assure themselves of) just that. During the 2012-13 season, New York signed Kenyon Martin midseason. Last season, the Knicks brought Jeremy Tyler in later in the year, after learning full well what he was capable of during camp. The last two seasons have proven that the team isn’t as stacked up front as one would be led to believe, so perhaps it’ll be better to focus in and extend invites out to big men who may be able to wait in the wings for the Knicks to call them midseason once again, if need be. It’s better to gain familiarity now.

Rick Fox still hoping for a job with Knicks?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The Knicks announced their full staff of assistants under new head coach Derek Fisher last week, but surprisingly enough, that list didn’t include former Laker Rick Fox.

Like many of Phil Jackson’s former trusted confidants and players, Fox’s name has been tied to a potential role with New York since day one. He even interviewed for the head coaching position before Fisher was officially hired.

Fox has been a respected leader in Jackson’s eyes for quite some time. Having served as co-captain of the Lakers (alongside Fisher) for years, it’s safe to say the Knicks’ President thinks quite highly of him.

Perhaps that’s why there’s still hope that Fox could end up with the Knicks at some point in the future. He spoke with Jackson this weekend. (New York Post, September 7.). 

While the team’s coaching staff is set, Jackson is also expected to retain many front office members for the time being. Should things go south this coming season, there could be changes to make, subsequently opening up a door for Fox.

One of the more vocal leaders on the court and in the locker room during his playing days, it may be more benefit for the Knicks to consider Fox a candidate for a coaching position in the future, more so than a front office one.

The former Lakers’ swingman was in New York on Sunday, taking in the US Open with Fisher.