GEICO SportsNite: Bargnani’s opportunity

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher believes Andrea Bargnani has an opportunity to step in and play well for his injury-plagued squad.

Former Kentucky Standout Doron Lamb Hoping for Shot With Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Former Kentucky standout Doron Lamb is hoping to get back into the NBA, possibly with the downtrodden New York Knicks.

“[I hope] I get back in the NBA and I have a long NBA career, but just keep playing basketball for a living, that’s my dream, do what I love to do,” Lamb told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone.

After getting waiver by the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season and landing with the Texas Legends, the 6-foot-4 Queens, N.Y., native is now a member of the Westchester Knicks, the Knicks’ D-League affiliate that plays its home games at the Westchester County Center.

In his debut with the team on Saturday night, he went for 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 99-81 loss to Maine. Lamb followed that with a 30-point, 11-rebound effort in Wednesday’s loss to the LA Defenders. To read more of this story, click here

Former Knick Anthony Mason is ‘getting better’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Former Knick Anthony Mason remains unable to speak but is “getting better,” says his son, Antoine.

“I actually spoke to him today,” Antoine, a senior guard at Auburn, told AL.com on Monday. “He can’t talk yet, but he can hear things and respond by blinking and shaking his head and things like that. When I talked to him, my mom and him, they’re telling me he’s getting better.”

Mason remains hospitalized in New York following a heart attack and congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“It’s been tough traveling back, spending as much time as I can with him and then trying to focus on the season,” Antoine said. “It’s rough, but I know the one thing he wants me to do is focus on the season. That’s what I’ve been trying to do and trying to find a joy.”

Mason, 48, played 13 seasons in the NBA and made the All-Star team in 2000-01.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter.

Were Phil Jackson’s tweets directed towards J.R. Smith & Iman Shumpert?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

On Sunday evening, Phil Jackson took to Twitter to express his most recent displeasure. It’s safe to say he wasn’t complaining about potential Academy Awards snubs.

Of course, the president’s tweets were Knicks related once again. But while some quickly interrupted his message(s) to be a shot at the team’s poor effort against the Cavaliers, perhaps it had more to do with karma than anything else.

philtweet2ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne theorizes that Jackson’s comments were instead directed toward former Knickerbockers J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, both of whom logged positive outings against New York in Cleveland’s victory.

Despite moderate success here and there, Smith struggled with on and off the court issues. He often let the bright lights and respective nightlife of the Big Apple swallow him up. Shumpert was an oft-injured guard who never quite lived up to his potential and/or given expectations.

But as fate would have it, the change of scenery has quickly paid dividends for each one. Perhaps Jackson was calling them out for their (perceived) lack of effort and/or production while playing for the Knicks.

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Report: Carmelo played most of the year with torn knee tendon

Carmelo Anthony played most of the 2014-15 season with a tear in his left patellar tendon, according to the New York Post (Berman, Feb. 23).

Anthony had successful knee surgery last week, the Knicks said. He is expected to miss four to six months before fully returning to the court.

Carmelo played in the All-Star Game in New York City before shutting it down for the season and having surgery on the knee that kept him out of a number of games this season.