TheKnicksBlog Podcast: ESPN’s Amin Elhassan calls in

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton take a look at the rise in popularity of the NBA’s Summer League, including Moke’s own experience in Las Vegas. Plus, the guys chat with ESPN’s Amin Elhassan about two of the league’s biggest stories – the trade rumors surrounding Kevin Love and the Clippers’ ownership fiasco.

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  • NBA Summer League recap
  • ESPN’s Amin Elhassan (13:15)
  • Kevin Love trade rumors (26:30)
  • Hating on the new jerseys

Knicks waive Shannon Brown

The Knicks have waived Shannon Brown, President Phil Jackson announced.

Brown was signed to a 10-day contract, then signed through the remainder of the season, in February and March, respectively.

He scored 2.1 points, with 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 7.8 minutes per game, over 19 games with the Knicks last season.

Previously: For Shannon Brown, a reunion with Phil Jackson is the perfect fit

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

At the very least, now the Knicks have a spot open for Cleanthony Early.

Brown was actually initially signed by New York before Jackson came to town. When his former coach was named President of Basketball Operations, the Big Apple seemed like a decent fit for Brown.

And though the veteran had a nice moment or two over the course of last season, his level of play was nowhere close to what many (Jackson included) had become accustomed to over the years.

Brown did something quite admirable this month by participating in NBA Summer League with the Knicks in an attempt to prove his worth. He undoubtedly served as a triangle-offense mentor of sorts for the young guns in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough to secure a spot for him moving forward.

The Knicks have more pressing needs and could use an injection of youth in their roster this coming season (a la Jeremy Tyler and a perhaps soon to be formally signed Anthony, among others), which makes Brown the obvious odd man out.

Stoudemire cancels Tel Aviv basketball camp

Amar’e Stoudemire planned to host a basketball camp in Israel in July, but has since canceled the event in light of the ongoing conflict with Hamas (, July 22).

“We chose to cancel the Amar’e Stoudemire Basketball Academy because we did not want to put any of our campers or coaches in harm’s way,” Stoudemire said in a statement to Haaretz. “I look forward to hosting a basketball camp in Israel in the future.”

130 Israelis ranging from age 10 to 18 had registered for the camp, according to camp director Matan Simantov. Stoudemire planned to run the camp with the help of other American and Israeli basketball players.

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How will Knicks make room for Cleanthony Early on roster?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Whether he knows it yet or not, Cleanthony Early is a Phil Jackson guy. How he ultimately fits into the triangle offense remains to be seen, but if nothing else, the forward will always be known as the thirteen-time NBA champion’s first ever draft selection.

Considered by some as a candidate for a late first-round selection, Early was regarded as a bit of a steal for the Knicks at No. 34 in last month’s NBA Draft. An athletic swingman with plenty of energy, Early defends, rebounds well, and even displayed an ability to efficiently score the basketball while at Witchita State.

USATSI_7829316_110579513_lowresHe brought all that and more to Las Vegas while helping the Knicks to a 4-1 record at NBA Summer League. Not counting Cole Aldrich (who only played in the first game), Early was third on the team in scoring (11.5), second in rebounding (4.8), and also happened to lead the way in field goal percentage (46 percent).

There’s plenty to like about the young gun.

As Jackson hopes to put his own stamp on the team’s roster (while also maintaining a sense of competitiveness), the 23-year-old is someone who can come in and contribute right away, even as a rookie.

There’s just one thing that’s stopping him thus far: Early hasn’t been signed to a contract yet.

As a second-round draft selections, both Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo are required to sign and agree upon formal contracts with the Knicks. Otherwise, their spots on the team’s roster are not guaranteed.

But with the recent signing of big man Jason Smith, New York’s roster is already maxed out at fifteen players. This includes Jeremy Tyler and Shannon Brown, who are both on non-guaranteed contracts.

A source tells The Knicks Blog and that as of the team’s Summer League participation, Antetokounmpo’s spot on the team is very much still up in the air. It may be more likely for him to hit the hardwood overseas for a year.

Where does that leave Early?

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Tim Hardaway Jr.

Knicks will wear orange again in 2014-15

The New York Knicks will wear their orange alternate jerseys again in 2014-15, despite their losing record in the uniforms (ESPN, July 21).

The Knicks went 0-7 in orange jerseys in 2013-14, were 0-6 in the orange alternate uniforms, and 0-1 in the short-sleeved orange uniform worn on Christmas Day.

Christopher Arena, NBA vice president of identity, outfitting and equipment confirmed the team would still wear orange, as well as sport their first names on the back of their Christmas Day jersey’s, should they see a holiday game.

They won’t, however, wear short-sleeved jerseys next season – though the Lakers, Pistons, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Raptors will.

TKB Radio at 9 p.m.

Anthony Donahue will be joined by Action Bronson and Max Kellerman on Monday night’s TKB Radio.

He’ll also take calls from fans, so if you want to have your voice heard, dial (646) 478-5554.

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Did Derek Fisher pass his first real test as Knicks’ head coach?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Despite not having much flexibility this summer, the Knicks have changed up the roster quite a bit in just a short amount of time. With an upgrade at point guard (Jose Calderon), a veteran center (Samuel Dalembert), an extra versatile big man to add to the mix (Jason Smith) and a nice injection of youth (Cleanthony Early, Shane Larkin, etc.), the Knicks are already poised to make improvements upon last season’s poor showing.

But, of course, sometimes a new coach can simply make a world of difference. A new vision for a different system, carried out and preached by a new inspiring voice in the locker room, can do wonders for a team’s moral and mentality.

derek fisher summer leagueThere’s reason to be optimistic, but there’s also no denying that Derek Fisher, a first-time head coach, is otherwise unproven. So how did Derek Fisher do in his first test while guiding the Knicks during NBA Summer League?

Along with Steve Kerr (Warriors) and David Blatt (Cavaliers), Fisher was one of three NBA head coaches to lead their teams in Las Vegas. Getting his feet wet, the five-time NBA champ had a chance to mentor Tim Hardaway Jr., Shane Larkin, Jeremy Tyler and his former teammate Shannon Brown. All four (the latter two currently have non-guaranteed contracts), as well as unsigned rookies Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, could all be part of the Knicks’ future in some way.

The short amount of time in Las Vegas thrusts a team and its respective coaching staff/players into a very unique situation. There isn’t as much as an opportunity to practice and many of the squad’s new faces aren’t figured to last longer than the week-plus.

Despite all of that, Coach Fisher found a way to help his team develop some rhythm. There was continuity on the court, players were communicating, and there were even some flashes of the triangle offense along the way.

By week’s end, the Knicks finished with a 4-1 record, winning their first four matchups to reach the quarterfinals in Las Vegas. New York spread the floor well and opened things up tremendously by encouraging big men like Tyler and Jordan Henriquez to keep the ball moving by passing it around the horn from down low. After watching a player like Tyler last season, it was clear that the newly instilled court-vision in his game helped ensure the offense continued to flow.

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Knicks to work out Dahntay Jones

The Knicks will work out Dahntay Jones (Isola, July 21).

Jones will also work out for the Sixers, and has already met with the Clippers.

The Knicks can offer just the minimum salary to Jones.

Jones averaged 5.6 points in 16.3 minutes per game in his career, and put up 3.4 points in 13.0 minutes per game in 2012-13, his last NBA season.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Phil Jackson may not necessarily be leaning on anyone for advice as he molds the Knicks to his liking, but there’s no doubt Carmelo Anthony is a fan of this move.

One of Anthony’s better friends in the league, Jones was known for pushing Anthony harder than most players in practice during their time together with the Denver Nuggets. After Jones moved on to sign with the Indiana Pacers, he used such experience to his advantage when aiming to shut down Anthony defensively. Often it times it actually worked, and other times, he at least slowed the star forward down.

Standing tall as one of the NBA’s best scorers, there aren’t many players who can frustrate Anthony that much.

That’s exactly why Jones has all the respect in the world from the Knicks’ star. Previously known as a solid 3 and D guy, it’s up to Jones to prove he still has some left in the tank. On the comeback trail following an injury, Jones has been working out with NBA players and competing in tournaments and scrimmages around New York City this summer.

The Knicks, however, do not have any free roster spots at the moment.