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ESPN says the Knicks will win 39 games. They’re wrong.

ESPN says the Knicks will win 39 games. They’re wrong.

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Really? Only 39? Earlier this week, ESPN released its annual NBA predictions, where they have the Knicks winning just 39 games. Now, the Knicks are far from an elite team or one you would label a serious contender. But let’s remember, they won 37 games last season in a year where so many things went wrong. The Kemba Walker project did not go well, Julius Randle had a very disappointing season in which his efficiency took a significant drop; both RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley started off the year incredibly slow; Derrick Rose...
Aug 14, 2022
Sorry, haters: The Knicks are playing on Christmas Day again

Sorry, haters: The Knicks are playing on Christmas Day again

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Hahaha In what has become an annual tradition, the NBA leaked its Christmas Day schedule before releasing its regular-season schedule. And wouldn’t you know it, an old friend just-so-happened to nab one of the coveted Christmas slots: Sources: NBA’s 2022 Christmas Day schedule:Bucks at Celtics76ers at KnicksSuns at NuggetsLakers at MavericksGrizzlies at Warriors— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 14, 2022 Yes, the New York Knicks — winners of a paltry 37 games last season — will be hosting a game at MSG on Christmas afternoon...
Aug 12, 2022
The Knicks now know their preseason schedule

The Knicks now know their preseason schedule

Photo by David Dow/NBAE via 11 days. 4 games. 3 foes. Tina Turner got thighsHomer Simpson loves beerLift up thine eyesThe Knick preseason schedule’s here! Knicks Basketball returning — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) August 12, 2022 In 54 days, Team Thibs the Third host the Detroit Pistons, our potential first sightings of former Knicks Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Kevin Knox, along with second-year star Cade Cunningham and rookies Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren. New York then plays a home-and-home with the Indiana Pacers, featuring purported objects of NY’s...
Aug 12, 2022
Ep. 163 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

Ep. 163 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

Can a team step in and take Donovan Mitchell away from the Knicks? Kevin Durant’s ultimatum to the Nets. Plus, a look back at Linsanity and why people still talk about it. Here is the show rundown: -The NBA retires Bill Russell’s #6 jersey around the league. -Are the Knicks still the favorites to acquire Donovan Mitchell? -Kevin Durant gives the Nets an odd ultimatum. -Looking back at Linsanity and why people are still talking about it. To follow me on Twitter click here: @SSaintj7. To listen to this week’s podcast click here: Ep. 163 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast. Thanks...
Aug 10, 2022
The NBA Draft: A history of player exploitation

The NBA Draft: A history of player exploitation

Photo by Arturo Holmes/ The draft is fundamentally unfair. Note: Abe wrote this piece with the help of Terry Ford, University of Houston law student. Of the many positions NBA superstar/professional contrarian Kyrie Irving has taken, one of the most egregious, in the view of longtime NBA reporter Jackie MacMullen, was his take on the NBA Draft. On Ryen Rusillo’s podcast in January of 2021, MacMullen recounted a conversation she had once with Kyrie in which he expressed he believed the NBA Draft should be abolished, and rookies should be able to play wherever they...
Aug 9, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets are the LOL Knicks

The Brooklyn Nets are the LOL Knicks

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Little brother often mimics big bro Choosing a favorite episode of Seinfeld is like choosing the worst Knick point guard this century. It’s impossible to settle on one. But certainly one of my favorite episodes is when perennial sad sack George decides to do the opposite of every instinct he’s ever had. Instead of being an insecure neurotic unemployed bald man who lives with his parents, George becomes confident; brash, even. He dates Melanie Griffith’s sister, who is way out of his league. He threatens two rude movie-goers,...
Aug 9, 2022
Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle, and Obi Toppin appear in a pro-am game

Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle, and Obi Toppin appear in a pro-am game

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Still some kinks to iron out.  Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, and Obi Toppin made a special appearance at a Nike Pro City playoff game last night. Unfortunately, the first taste of Brunson playing alongside incumbent Knickerbockers ended on a sour note, a 110-97 loss. At least Jalen’s no-look dish to Obi for a jam provided a tantalizing preview of the 2022-23 season. When those two connect on their home court, Madison Square Garden is going to explode. Monday night at Hostos Community College, our heroes squared off against a...
Aug 8, 2022
Derrick Rose is reportedly a target for the Jazz in potential Donovan Mitchell deal

Derrick Rose is reportedly a target for the Jazz in potential Donovan Mitchell deal

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Negotiating! On Friday, Tony Jones of The Athletic reported on the HoopsHype podcast that the Jazz and the Knicks are currently nowhere near a deal and have not been for over two weeks now. The Jazz still want a package including a myriad of first-round picks and a couple of young players, and don’t want to take on any long contracts. We recently covered how the Jazz were only interested in any deal which included Quentin Grimes. Apparently there is another player that has been a sticking point in the trade talks between the two...
Aug 7, 2022
For Leon Rose, the day of reckoning may be near at hand

For Leon Rose, the day of reckoning may be near at hand

Photo by Bobby Metelus/ The team president has been patient...so far. Since 1973, every generation of Knicks fans warned the next of becoming jaded. It’s hard not to when the inept eras of Isiah Thomas and Phil Jackson were only separated by six years. When Leon Rose took over the Knicks front office as President of Basketball Operations in 2020, the Knicks had just survived the reign of Steve Mills. Rose started this off-season hotter than his last two, signing Jalen Brunson and Isiah Hartenstein and trading away older veterans. Of course, the potential Donovan...
Aug 5, 2022
Ep. 162 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

Ep. 162 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

Brittany Griner is sentenced in Russia and the sports world losses Bill Russell and Vin Scully. Here is the show rundown: -Brittany Griner is sentenced in Russia. The latest on getting her back to the United States. -Bill Russell’s legacy after the Celtics legend pasted away this week. -Vin Scully pasted away this week. What the sports broadcaster meant to the sports world. To follow me on Twitter click here: @SSaintj7. To listen to this week’s podcast click here: Ep. 162 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast. Thanks as always for listening and stay safe!
Aug 4, 2022
The Jazz are reportedly coveting Quentin Grimes over other young Knicks in possible Donovan Mitchell deal

The Jazz are reportedly coveting Quentin Grimes over other young Knicks in possible Donovan Mitchell deal

Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Is Grimes the cream of the crop? Quentin Grimes absolutely took over Summer League in July. The second-year guard came with the mindset to dominate, looking to flash a wide array of new moves as he looked to prove himself as more than just a 3-and-D player. And he did just that. Grimes showed a much improved ability to get into the lane. When he did, he was able to finish creatively and get his teammates some great looks. And because of that, we’ve been raving about him and even questioning if he should be the day one starter in the...
Aug 2, 2022
A profile of new Knicks big man Isaiah Hartenstein

A profile of new Knicks big man Isaiah Hartenstein

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports A profile of the new big Knick. Reggie Jackson, like his Clippers counterparts, is justifiably bummed to have lost reserve center Isaiah Hartenstein to the New York Knicks: Reggie Jackson with a shout out to Isaiah Hartenstein pic.twitter.com/JZ2pe8vk5H— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) July 5, 2022 Last season was a breakout year for the 7’0”, 250 lbs Hartenstein, who recently signed a two-year, $16.7M contract with New York. In 68 games for Los Angeles, the 24-year-old averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 boards, and 2.4 assists in...
Aug 1, 2022
The NBA is reportedly investing the Knicks for tampering in the signing of Jalen Brunson

The NBA is reportedly investing the Knicks for tampering in the signing of Jalen Brunson

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Still worth it Just days after Jalen Brunson signed with the New York Knicks, Fred Katz of the Athletic reported that executives around the league expected the Knicks to be investigated for tampering with the recently acquired free agent guard. And it turned in to pretty big news pretty quickly. While there were plenty of rumors swirling, the NBA's silence on the matter meant it would stay exactly that, just rumors. Up until Monday, that is. The NBA has begun an investigation into the New York Knicks for alleged tampering regarding free...
Jul 29, 2022
Donovan Mitchell trade talks between the Knicks and Jazz have reportedly stalled

Donovan Mitchell trade talks between the Knicks and Jazz have reportedly stalled

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Patience is a virtue, they say. There hasn’t been much news on the Donovan Mitchell trade front of late. Jazz team president Danny Ainge is asking for the motherload of all trade packages, and Knicks president Leon Rose is driving a hard bargain...or so it would seem. More evidence that this deal is far from done came Friday from Shams Charania. The always plugged-in Shams said that there hasn’t been contact between the two front offices in about two weeks. "As of right now, sources tell me that talks between the Jazz and the Knicks around...
Jul 29, 2022
Ep. 161 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

Ep. 161 Shock Jacques Knicks Podcast

The latest on the Knicks’ pursuit of Donovan Mitchell. Where will Kevin Durant end up? And why it might be Brooklyn in the end. Here is the show rundown: -Which players would the Knicks be willing to part with in order to get Donovan Mitchell? -R.J. Barrett isn’t wanted by Utah according to reports. Why the Jazz don’t want him and why this means the Knicks have to get this deal done. -The latest on Kevin Durant. Why the Warriors and Heat are now the frontrunners to get him. -Plus, could KD return to the Nets. -And much more! To follow me on Twitter click here:...