Fisher needs guys like Lance, Lou and Langston

The “10-day guys” Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson and Langston Galloway are certainly proving their worth with the Knicks and coach Derek Fisher is taking notice (Post, Jan. 25).

The three additions to the squad play a much more defensive game than Fisher is used to seeing – especially in J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who the Knicks unloaded earlier this month.

“I think as you see with a little bit of change of guys, a lot of things open up within the offense that you can do,” Fisher said. “But you need guys like Lance and Lou and Langston that are facilitators of the offense and not constantly looking for shot opportunities for themselves.”

Thomas, who attended the same high school as Smith, St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, couldn’t have a more different playing style. While Smith struggled to adapt to the triangle, Thomas has shined. To read more of this story, click here

No practice for Knicks Tuesday

The Knicks won’t practice Tuesday in the wake of the snow in the northeast.

The team is still waiting to see if Oklahoma City can fly into the New York area for their game on Wednesday (Steve Popper, Jan. 27).

The Knicks game against the Kings was postponed Monday night. It has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Knicks, Galloway closing in on deal

The Knicks and Langston Galloway are closing in on a new deal (Berman, Jan. 27).

New York is trying to sign Galloway for the rest of the season, but were hung up on a non-guaranteed section of the contract for next season.

The Knicks have signed Galloway to two 10-day contracts and he’s averaging 12.1 points, 3.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 28 minutes per game.

Will Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury lead to retirement?

Amar’e Stoudemire suffered yet another injury Saturday night in the Knicks’ 76-71 loss to Charlotte.

With a brace on his right knee and his left ankle wrapped, not to mention a sort left wrist, Stoudemire admitted his age is catching up with him. Multiple injuries have not only derailed Stoudemire’s fifth season in New York but his entire tenure with the team.

Reports have suggested the forward could be used as trade bait, but Stoudemire isn’t sure if he even wants to be traded. Right now, not only his Knicks future is in doubt, but perhaps his NBA career altogether.

“At that point, I couldn’t do much,” Stoudemire said, via Newsday. “My ankle was throbbing. I felt like it was getting tighter and stiffer. At that point, I knew I couldn’t be beneficial out there.”

“I’m sure it’s going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain,” he added. “But we’ll see. I’ll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover and see how it feels.”

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At 32 in the final year of his contract with the Knicks, Stoudemire is not going to be in Phil Jackson’s plans for 2015-16. That’s as sure of a bet as one can make.

But over the years, dating back to his time in Phoenix, Stoudemire has had multiple surgeries on both knees, and just recently overcame a nine-game stretch in which he was out with a right knee injury.

Though he’s a contributor when he’s on the floor, keeping him there is quite a task, and anything but a given. Clearly, Stoudemire thinks he can be a helpful player, but what team wants to continue to take the chance on the injury ridden 32-year-old with knees as delicate as a play-dough?

Stoudemire is set to add to his season total of 13 missed games due to injury, and there’s no timetable this time around either. Earlier this month, there was a report by ESPN indicating the Knicks were already contemplating  buying his contract out after being sidelined for so long.

Veterans get plenty of chances of be role players in the NBA, but not ones who have become notorious for being hurt. This might be the end of a very roller-coaster-esque career for Stoudemire.

Knicks/Kings postponed

Monday night’s Knicks vs. Kings game has been postponed due to the impending blizzard in New York City.

The game will be played on March 3.

Lance Thomas amazed by Okafor

Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson weren’t the only Knicks impressed by Jahlil Okafor’s performance Sunday night at the Garden. Temporary Knicks forward Lance Thomas also sung his praises after Duke’s victory over St. Johns (Post, Jan. 25).

“He can play,’’ Thomas said after the game. “He’s a force in there. He kept his composure [Sunday] and you can only contain him for so long. He doesn’t even know how good he can be.’’

Thomas was impressed as Okafor helped Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reach 1,000 wins.

“It was amazing to be there,’’ Thomas said. “It was a great game. I got chills seeing how our guys wanted to win it for him and then to see how happy he was.’’

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Fisher surprised at struggle to motivate players

Derek Fisher has faced more than enough surprises in his rookie season as the Knicks’ head coach, but perhaps the most surprising to him: how difficult it has been to motivate his players (Post, Jan. 24).

“Probably what jumps out the most is you still have to work pretty hard to motivate and inspire guys at this level,’’ Fisher said in the middle of the team’s first three-game win stream of the season. “Something a guy who came into the league in 1996, that wasn’t required. If you weren’t self-driven and self motivated, you couldn’t get on the floor.”

But Fisher knows it isn’t just up to the players to get themselves fired up, his heart has to be in it to.

“As coach, you still have to find ways to push buttons and get guys excited about playing the game.” said Fisher. “As a player for 18 years, my brain worked that way. It’s one area that continues to evolve — find ways to help my guys be more inspired and more motivated.’’