GEICO SportsNite has reaction from the Knicks after they lost their preseason home opener to the Raptors on Monday night.
Recap: The Knicks lost to Toronto Monday in their first preseason game at Madison Square Garden.
Need to Know: J.R. Smith (10 points) was the only Knick in double figures as Derek Fisher used 14 players.
Quincy Acy started over Amar’e Stoudemire, but Fisher said “it’s not related to anything Amar’e hasn’t done or hasn’t shown.”
The Knicks shot 3-for-23 from three, and 37.8 percent (31-for-82 overall).
Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) sat out again.
What’s Next: Carmelo Anthony returns to Syracuse Tuesday as the Knicks meet Philadelphia at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.
The Raptors come to MSG on Monday night to play the Knicks in a preseason game.
The game will air on MSG at 7:30 p.m. You can follow the game online at NBA.com.
The Raptors are 7-0 vs. the Knicks during the preseason.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterAfter his team got blown out by the Celtics in their opening preseason game, J.R. Smith said he believed it would take a few months for the team to ultimately learn the triangle offense.
In the interest of remaining competitive, first-time head coach Derek Fisher hopes the team can still put a good product on the floor in the meantime.
With that in mind, one has to wonder which of the Knicks are catching on and will lead by example.
Through the early phases of training camp, Carmelo Anthony begun to excel. And while the starting five still needs to be penciled in, Jose Calderon appears to be the second lock.
It’s a good thing he’s learning the triangle offense quicker than others, according to Phil Jackson.
Speaking at the New Yorker Festival, the Knicks’ President addressed a number of topics (reiterating his faith in Anthony, the control James Dolan has allowed him to have, etc.), while also alluding to Calderon’s faster learning curve (h/t Chris Delgado).
Arguably Jackson’s biggest offseason acquisition (aside from the re-signing of Anthony, of course), Calderon is poised to be the Knicks point guard of the (near) future. Under contract for the next three seasons, Jackson sacrificed some of New York’s cap space for next summer in order to reel in a quality floor general like Calderon.
Looking at next summer’s free agent crop, it’s clear Jackson saw the value in taking a chance on Calderon. He’s a proven veteran known for getting his teammates involved. He gives the Knicks a bit more credibility with potential free agents. What’s more, perhaps Jackson believed the team’s money was better well spent on him than another available point guard.
For what it’s worth, Calderon is rewarding Jackson early on. He’s been one of the better looking Knickerbockers through the first two preseason games. As he picks up the triangle, perhaps he’ll make it an easier transition for his teammates, too.
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
Toward that end, the Knicks had three executives — Steve Mills, Mark Warkentien and Clarence Gaines — at John Calipari’s Kentucky combine this weekend. A total of 90 NBA personnel, or three from each team, were on hand.
The Knicks will lose Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Barganani after this season and wlll need to rebuild their frontcourt through free agency, trades and the draft.
Kentucky has nine McDonald’s All-Americans and five projected first-round picks in 2015, according to DraftExpress.com.
“We had two more practices [Saturday] in front of a full house of NBA personnel,” Calipari tweeted. “A few that couldn’t come Friday made it yesterday.
“We focused on defense in the morning and offense in the afternoon with some 3-on-3 sprinkled in there. We will have one more practice today.
“I think the kids have performed well and everyone has benefitted from this weekend. Now it’s time to get down to work and make this right.”
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterFollowing the Knicks’ opening preseason loss to the Celtics on Wednesday, it’s easy to see the team has a long road ahead. There’s plenty to learn and even more adjustments to make as New York comes into its own.
En route to mastering the triangle offense, the Knicks also hope to remain competitive along the way. Against the Celtics, the team looked rusty and had the rug ripped out from under them.
Losses can turn out to be learning experiences. The key is to learn from the mistakes and not make them again. Facing off against Boston again on Saturday, the Knicks had pride on the line. They picked up the pace and came away with an impressive 96-80 victory.
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Recap: The Knicks beat the Celtics 96-80 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks scoring with 16 points, pulling down five rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 14, going 2-4 from the 3-point line.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early each scored 11 points. Early had five fouls.
Samuel Dalembert pulled down eight rebounds.
What’s Next: The Knicks play Toronto on Monday night at 7 p.m.