The New York Knicks have been on fire as of late and the Detroit Pistons became their fifth victim and second since Head Coach Mike Woodson called C Tyson Chandler into his office to question his output.
“He called me into his office and he said, ‘You’re an All-Star, you need to start playing like it. The last thing you want is people questioning that,'” Chandler said. “The next night, I had a different focus about me.”
Since that meeting, Chandler has posted three straight games with 20 or more rebounds.
“That’s what I expect,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “He can’t tease me. He’s done it three straight games, so I’m expecting it the fourth game.”
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“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
The Knicks announced Tuesday the signing of the Argentine point guard Pablo Prigioni to a one-year contract.
Prigioni, who is 6 feet 3 inches, will make $473,000, the N.B.A. minimum. Prigioni is known for his passing and his ability to run pick-and-roll plays. He is expected to help the Knicks off the bench and solidify the backcourt.
The Knicks, who recently lost Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, also recently signed the point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. The team is expected to sign shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to a one-year deal later in the week. Brewer wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday that he would be joining the Knicks.
Prigioni is a member of the Argentine men’s national basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics. On Sunday, Prigioni played against his new teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler when Argentina lost, 86-80, to the United States in an exhibition game in Barcelona, Spain. Prigioni finished with 8 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.
Prigioni, 35, has spent most of his career playing in Argentina and Spain. He played the last three seasons with Real Madrid in Spain.
He has twice been a second-team All-Euroleague selection and was a member of the Argentine men’s national team that won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
This is a more complete version of the story than the one that appeared in print.