Knicks hopes lay entirely on Melo now

“I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team,  not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.”  Amare Stoudemire post game Twitter feed

The New York Knicks are in trouble and it has everything and nothing to do with X’s and O’s.   After suffering through a 104-94 game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, NY Center Amare Stoudemire took his anger out on a fire extinguisher cover which left a gash in his left hand that required stitches.

The move just may cause him to miss game 3 against the Heat and worse, without Jeremy Linn and Iman Shumpert and with Tyson Chandler still feeling the effects of the flu, the chances of the Knicks moving on in the playoffs grows dimmer and dimmer.

If Stoudemire does miss game 3, expect Melo to m ove to the PF spot but then, who replaces Melo?

“Amare is a huge piece of this team,  and, you know, without  him, it’s going to make it more difficult.” Knicks Tyson Chandler

The undermanned Knicks take on the Miami Heat in New York on Thursday for Game 3. Whether Amare Stoudemire plays is still yet to be seen but according to one NY Knick, it isn’t over yet, for Carmelo Anthony did not come to New York to go out like this.

“It’s far from over. I believe that and we believe that,” Carmelo Anthony

Kidd Turns to Twitter To Apologize for Arrest

Jason Kidd, the Knick’s newest point guard, apologized via Twitter on Friday for the July 15 accident that led to his arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated in the Hamptons.

”I regret any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities,” he said in a post.

Kidd was behind the wheel when his Cadillac Escalade snapped a utility pole off its base at an intersection in Water Mill, N.Y., near his home. He refused a Breathalyzer test at the scene and a blood test at Southampton Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Kidd, 39, pleaded not guilty to the charge; his trial date is Sept. 12. In a separate post to his nearly 160,000 followers, Kidd said, ”I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their support.”

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Vendors and Fans Begin Switch to Lin’s New Team

Just hours after the announced they would not match a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet for Lin, and before the Rockets had added him to their Web site, online clothing sellers were advertising Jeremy Lin Rockets T-shirts with the No. 17.

“I saw the news that Lin was going to the Rockets, looked up his number and posted the shirt on my site,” said a vendor in coastal Jiangsu Province who would only give his surname, Chen, tacitly acknowledging his latest product likely violated copyright laws. Chen was selling Lin shirts, in red or white, for about $10 each, including shipping.

The N.B.A. is popular in China. The state broadcaster, China Central Television, shows games live, and player jerseys are common sights at markets around the country. The Rockets had a strong China connection with center Yao Ming, the country’s only N.B.A. All-Star, who played in Houston from 2002 to 2010.

Lin is the son of immigrants from Taiwan, the self-ruled island that China considers a renegade province, and many Chinese basketball fans embrace him as their own. One sign of Chinese devotion is evident in the number of followers he has on Sina Weibo, the country’s most popular microblog service. Lin has 2.8 million followers on Weibo, compared with 844,000 on Twitter.

Lin was quick to post word of his new job on Weibo, writing in Chinese that he was honored and happy to be returning to the Rockets. It is not clear if Lin himself wrote the message, given that it appeared in the middle of the night in New York.

Throughout the day Wednesday thousands of Weibo users showered him with praise. One insisted he would no longer watch the Knicks, saying that the post-Yao Rockets would once again excite the Chinese market. Another wrote that he looked forward to Lin making the Knicks regret losing him.

Chen, whose shop also sells shirts featuring cartoon characters and famous musicians, seemed ambivalent about whether Lin’s trade would boost business. Talking about Lin’s breakout season with the Knicks, he said he did well in the first month, “but there are too many people selling clothes online.”

This time, he wasted no time getting a head start.