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One of the hardest working Knicks, Jared Jeffries, is still with the team to much chagrin outside of MSG, but Jeffries expects to have a better year this upcoming season.  While at his charity event at Twin Lakes Recreational Center in Indiana, Jeffries told a Hoosier Scoop reporter that after being plagued by a broken fibula he suffered last season, he expected this year to be better.

Last year I was hurt,” Jeffries said. “I had to deal with my injury for the whole year. I think this year’s going to be good. It’s going to be a really good opportunity for me.

Jeffries, by all accounts a nice guy, is in a very precarious position this upcoming season and he may face significant fan animosity if he and his contract are not traded prior to the February trade deadline.  Although Mike D’Antoni has praised Jeffries for his work ethic and the defensive flexibility he adds to the roster, many fans see the former Hoosier as the worst offensive player on the team and a major impediment to the Cap Space Cometh 2010 Plan. 

Unfortunately, the long but thin Jeffries has never been an offensive threat and is injury prone.  Last year he was inconsistent and often appeared to have two left feet when trying to score beneath the basket. He averaged 5.3 points in 23.4 minutes per game and played in only 56 games.  One could compile quite a blooper reel of his missed shots next to the rim.  But on a team with many scorers, Jeffries offered the best defensive presence in the paint and his length and speed allowed him to guard the 1-3 positions relatively effectively. 

Still, in this year before the Season of LeHope, Jeffries’ contract takes up $6.9 million of salary cap space next year.  With the salary cap expected to be around $50-53 million, the Knicks will need that roster spot and salary slot to be emptied or replaced with an expiring contract. The additional dollars, almost $7 million, if added to the Knicks’ salary cap space would give the Knicks a greater opportunity to get a franchise player AND an adequate support group.  While moving Eddie Curry’s contract ($11.3 million in 2010) would be more favorable to the 2010 Plan, at this point in Curry’s tumultuous career, it seems more likely that Jeffries could be moved faster.

It’s hard not to wish the best for Jeffries, who would probably be a nice piece for a good team, but a lightning rod for fan discontent for a team like the Knicks, which seems destined for another poor season while leaning on the hopes of improvement next year. 


Hoopsworld has a little piece that purports to determine what would make the season a bust for each of the NBA teams.  For the Knicks it states: 

The New York Knicks season would be a bust if…  The Knicks squander the cap space the team has created for the summer of 2010.  New York has several talented, young players on this squad as the organization looks to the future, including first round draft pick Jordan Hill, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, David Lee and Nate Robinson.  A playoff appearance this season is almost entirely out of the question but the future is bright in the Big Apple with a young core and a proven commodity in Mike D’Antoni coaching the squad.  While 2009 is likely a wash, patience in the key for Knicks fans with cap space a plenty and a tremendous free agent class coming available next summer.

Unoriginal?  I know.  If you’re interested, the full story is here.


There is No Way Knicks Can Be Worse Than Last Year according to Liam Martin at  Before breaking down why Darko and Curryo will make the Knicks better, Martin opines:

At first glance, not much has changed: The core remains Chris Duhon and Al Harrington, with David Lee and Nate Robinson still negotiating new contracts or exits. Mike D’Antoni remains at the reins, meaning the club will continue to shoot first, ask questions (or play defense) later.

And the culture, by all signs (i.e., Robinson being arrested for driving with a suspended license, then tweeting about it as the arrest was ongoing), hasn’t changed much, either.

But there are pros to the cons — pros, perhaps, that suggest only the Knickerboxers will win more than 32 games, but pros nonetheless.

August 30, 2009 - Posted by | Donnie Walsh, Jared Jeffries, Mike D'Antoni | , , , ,


  1. whoever wrote that sounds like one of those false optimists on tommy dees knicks blog,where everyone thinks that every move donnie walsh makes is a thing of genius(even his not doing anything is considered GOD-LIKE on that blog)

    Comment by auggie | August 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes,

      I my self am as nauseaus as any blogger can be with all the koolaid being force fed to Knicks fans. And how willing they are to scarf it down might as much say something about their level of intelligence and overall inquisitiveness, as it says about how much so many Knicks’ fans want to swallow something that seems good.

      Someone once said question everything. Don’t be sheelpe question everything!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 30, 2009 | Reply

      • all of these so-called fans dont even realize that if nate robinson doesnt come back,the knicks only have 3 legit guards on the whole entire roster!so when you say “must sign sessions”they say “cant. itll interfere with the 2010 plan.are you fking kidding me? you cant play without guards.seems to me DONNIE WALSH should be fined by the NBA for throwing the season.ya cant just sit there and do nothing,there are people who spend good money on tix,its like spittin in their faces!

        Comment by auggie | August 31, 2009

  2., Hahn and other Knick beat writers seem to have all bought into the “cap space” fixation in Walsh’s mind. Fans should get over the idea of a competitive team this season. All that matters is building “cap space” for the free agent bonanza coming in July, 2010, when Le Bon Jesus or some other “Savior” may cometh. Hahn writes: “This is the hump year, Fixers. You don’t blow up the plan now that you’ve come this far. Especially not with LeBron James making it so clear he plans to make himself available as a free agent.”

    Thus, Knick fans, especially those who bought 09-10 season tickets, you are “humped” but you should get over it and learn to like it. Be reconciled to a losing 09-10 season, buy season tickets anyway, and take solace in the great “cap space” being saved, for the great “plan,” (never quite explained), and the day the “Savior” might (but might not) cometh. So Knick fans: suffer all “humping” in silence and take joy in “cap space.”

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 30, 2009 | Reply

    • here here Post Up Prince!

      As a Knicks fan I want to see incremental improvement,… perhaps a second under Seven Seconds Finesse may mean more offensive fluidity to the remaining core and that might translate to a few more wins. Perhpas [ ]’Antoni waking up to the idea that end game management and defense are not just afterthoughts but as much part of the overall approach to building a team would be a good thing

      We are being told that coal in Knicks fans stocking will turn into gold and wine cometh in 2010. For all we know the landscap upon which that so called quasi “promise” is based on may not be the same. Just as the salary cap failed to be the same in an era that was already pointing towards unstable economic shifts.

      But that would be questioning the standard fare to much.

      Boo on this unobjective sports media coverage of the Knicks!

      Walsh is human,… he has done some goood things but there is way to much hyperbole about this old as turtle and people need to wake up and start to question it!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 30, 2009 | Reply

    • man!am i glad i found this blog!i thought i was the only person in the whole world that didnt think that DONNIE WALSH was GOD.on that other blog ,if you even mentioned things such as “WILSON CHANDLER is only an average player” or “why doesnt donnie walsh do something”? or “i dont think that JORDAN HILL Is ever gonna be an all-star” the guys on that other blog would chastise me,call me a traitor,claim im a nets fan and berate me all day.i couldnt imagine why i wasnt seeing it.then i found this and now i realize it is they who are the 12 year old idiots thank god.please post every day and never quit

      Comment by auggie | August 31, 2009 | Reply

      • Welcome. See comment #9 below.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 31, 2009

  3. Laimbeer To Join Rambis To Coach Wolves

    Bill Laimbeer is heading back to the NBA.

    The former Detroit Pistons center, who coached the WNBA’s Detroit Shock to three titles, will join Kurt Rambis’ staff with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a league source confirmed to ESPN. Former Kings coach Reggie Theus also will join Rambis’ staff.

    Laimbeer’s hiring was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Laimbeer, who has never coached in the NBA, resigned as the Shock’s coach and general manager in June.

    Playing with the Pistons’ “Bad Boys” teams in the late ’80s, Laimbeer helped Detroit win back-to-back titles.

    I like this move. Kahn is going to be the Executive of the year in two-three years.

    Comment by igmknicks | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wolves Still Trying To Free Rubio

    Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn spent the weekend in Spain in his latest attempt to bring Ricky Rubio to the NBA.

    There was no official word on whether progress was being made in talks with Rubio’s current team, DKV Joventut, but a source briefed on the talks said Kahn’s continued presence in Spain could be taken as an indication that the odds of Rubio coming to the Wolves next season had improved.

    Monday will mark six days since several Spanish media outlets reported an agreement was in place for Joventut to trade Rubio’s rights to FC Barcelona for 3.7 million Euros ($5.28 million), and for Rubio to sign a six-year contract with an “affordable” buyout in 2011.

    But a source told last Wednesday that “it’s not over yet,” and that remained the status quo heading into Monday.

    For Kahn, this is his third trip to Spain to negotiate for Rubio’s rights in the two months since the Wolves selected the 18-year-old with the fifth pick of the NBA draft.

    “I’m very proud that the Timberwolves came to Spain to get me,” Rubio said, according to El Mundo Deportivo, which reported that Kahn, agent Dan Fegan and Joventut president Jordi Villacampa had dinner together Saturday night.

    “It doesn’t surprise me because they have been there all the time, and I always said that my priority was to go to the NBA. I know there was a meeting last night, and now there’s chances for both sides,” Rubio said, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

    Rubio’s current contract with Joventut includes a 5.7 million Euro ($8.133 million) buyout clause for both this summer and next summer. The buyout drops to zero in the summer of 2011, and Kahn has said the club is willing to wait until then for Rubio to come to the NBA.

    But this latest voyage overseas signals a heightened urgency from Kahn, who has not commented publicly since releasing a quote through a team spokesman last Wednesday saying: “Based on the information I have attained today, no team in any league has reached a deal with DKV Joventut concerning Ricky’s buyout, which must be accomplished before Ricky is released from his contract with DKV Joventut

    Under the NBA collective bargaining agreement, Minnesota is allowed to contribute a maximum of $500,000 toward Rubio’s buyout — a rule that has opened the door for deep-pocketed European clubs, including FC Barcelona, to go after him.

    I suggest watching how this franchise builds after the disastrous trade that saw Garnett go to the Celtics. This is going be considered a clinic in management.

    Comment by igmknicks | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. Newsday Rejects Ads by Verizon, Now a Rival

    Published: August 30, 2009

    At a time when most newspapers are hungry for any ads they can sell, Newsday has turned away a steady, lucrative customer that is also a direct competitor of the paper’s parent company, Cablevision.

    Verizon Communications bought full-page ads in Newsday several times a month for its FiOS Internet and television service until a few months ago, when the paper said it would no longer take them, according to a Verizon executive and ad buyers who work with the company.

    “They made it clear we didn’t need to keep calling,” said Eric Rabe, a senior vice president of Verizon. He and others involved said that Newsday had offered no explanation and had not objected to the content of the ads.

    But FiOS is a leading competitor on Long Island to Cablevision, the dominant provider of pay television and high-speed Internet in that market. Since last year, Cablevision has also owned Newsday, the region’s dominant newspaper. It also owns News 12, a Long Island local news station, giving it a hold on information delivery that is unmatched by a single company in any other large market in the country.

    This month, Newsday rejected an ad from the Tennis Channel that had criticized Cablevision for not carrying the channel and had invited consumers to find it on competing pay television services like FiOS, DirecTV or the Dish Network.

    In that instance, Newsday said that it had turned down the ad because it was unfair. In the case of the Verizon ad, it declined to comment.

    “We do not comment on specific ads except to say that Newsday, like every other media company, including The New York Times, accepts or rejects advertising at its own discretion,” said Deidra Parrish Williams, a Newsday spokeswoman.

    Mr. Rabe said Verizon was not perturbed by Newsday’s decision, because FiOS ads still reached Long Islanders through television and other media, and FiOS enrollment in the market was rising, though he would not give any figures. Verizon declined to say how much it had been paying Newsday for the FiOS ads, but ad buying firms estimated that it was hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

    “Customers are still coming to us, and the net of this is Cablevision doesn’t get the benefit of our revenue,” Mr. Rabe said.

    But the episode raises troubling ethical and practical questions for Newsday, said Kelly McBride, the ethics group leader at the Poynter Institute, a journalism foundation in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    “Newspapers accept ads at their own discretion, but they generally set the bar pretty high for rejecting advertising, because they don’t want to be seen as denying access to free speech,” she said. She added that appearing to deny an ad for competitive business reasons, rejecting an ad that is not obviously offensive or failing to explain the rejection, could undermine a paper’s credibility.

    In January, the top three editors at Newsday did not report for work for a few days amid reports that they had been fired or had resigned in a dispute with Cablevision over the paper’s coverage of the New York Knicks basketball team, which is also owned by the company. The editors returned to duty, and neither they nor the company offered a full explanation of what had happened.

    Last year, when many newspapers that had been put up for sale were failing to attract buyers, Cablevision won a bidding war for Newsday. It paid the Tribune Company $650 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a single newspaper.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  6. In case you missed it,

    In January, the top three editors at Newsday did not report for work for a few days amid reports that they had been fired or had resigned in a dispute with Cablevision over the paper’s coverage of the New York Knicks basketball team, which is also owned by the company. The editors returned to duty, and neither they nor the company offered a full explanation of what had happened.

    Last year, when many newspapers that had been put up for sale were failing to attract buyers, Cablevision won a bidding war for Newsday. It paid the Tribune Company $650 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a single newspaper.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 30, 2009 | Reply

    • Tman and Steady are going to sue Cablevision for not having given just compensation for advice given to acquire Newsday at any cost and by any means necessary. We figure if a former MSG suit can go after Steinbrenner for advice given leading to establishing the YES Network, then we can get a break-off too.

      Just Blogin’

      The Steady that is appearing in ESPN, Newsday, and Esquire magazine is not the original one. Steady is a Fanatic for Life and only posts here. LOL

      Interesting view from the Penthouse Admin. Don’t have Cooley MD tell it–It’s all about da corners–what was formerly called real estate and turf before that. When you constantly get burned in the media and lose millions by ABS/HOF Coach, then the solution is to go out an buy your own ink and scribes to use it.

      Steady as the spoken word from griots.


      Comment by Steady | September 1, 2009 | Reply

    • ‘Lives’,

      You were warned before last season that “That the Honeymoon would be Televised…..& In Print”. I recall that you defended Hahn as being objective, and even stated that you expected him to rise to be the King of New Yawk in surpassing the other New York area sportswriters. Put your crytal ball/meth down my brotha.

      Peace & Blessings

      Comment by Statesman2 | September 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Statesman,

      my brother, my brother. Why do you seem to have a memory older than a Naismith basket. I would never call any American MSM reporter objective unless they were writing for Mother Jones or the old Guardian (not out of the U.K.).

      And yes, I did say that Hahn would be the best of the Beat Pack, but that was easy given the state of NY journalism. He still leads the pack in terms of catering to and caring about his audience. My evaluation had nothing to do with “objectivity”, but customer service. Are you prepared to say Berman and Isola are better or were ever better? And Howard Beck doesn’t have a blog.

      With that said, Dolan has snatched the rug from Hahn who is clearly trying to keep his job. You can’t totally hate on folks trying to keep their boss happy unless it does some real harm to someone else’s ability to make a living or to be free. Hahn’s biased analysis and reporting only does minor and temporary damage to Knikcs fans. And Knicks fans are already Knuts by definition.

      Anyway, I’m glad you woke up and spoke up, but I suggest you wipe the sleep-crust off the side of your mouth, drink some coffee or tomatoe juice to get over that lingering hangover and clear your head of junk before you start spitting it all over the place.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 1, 2009 | Reply

      • And yes, I did say that Hahn would be the best of the Beat Pack, but that was easy given the state of NY journalism. He still leads the pack in terms of catering to and caring about his audience. My evaluation had nothing to do with “objectivity”, but customer service. Are you prepared to say Berman and Isola are better or were ever better? —’Lives’


        You are comparing the marketing and promotional departments to the customer service. The promotional department objective is to create interest at any cost, and to keep the product in discussions. This includes creating rumors, embellishing, pontificating, assisting product managers(Gms) in floating stories, and out-right lies. This is done to make the consumer (fans) feel as if the’re in the loop, when in reality the loop is non-existent. They have really done a good job when the consumer believes that they care or they are being catered to by the company. ‘Lives’, you can’t see for looking.

        Is Hahn a better promotional and marketing representative than Isola and Berman? The answer is yes. Does he serve the customers better by providing accurate and insightful information than Isola and Berman. The answer is no. I prefer a customer service department that gives it to me straight bro.

        Peace & Blessings

        Comment by Statesman2 | September 2, 2009

      • My brother with some nuance. Damn!! I didn’t know you had it in you. I can’t give your comment my full attention at this moment, but it certainly caught my attention. Interesting. Off the top Hahn is better than Isola in both categories. . . Berman? . . hmmmmmm.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 2, 2009

      • I’ve been thinking about your analogy to promotional and marketing departments and I actually like it. I find it hard to disagree with, the way you set it up. Hahn is certainly a better marketer than Isola and Berman; but I know you’ve been in business and work with/for businesses big and small, so you are fully aware that marketing and promotion are vastly underrated, especially by small business. Often it is the marketing that keeps you in business as much as the product.

        So yes, Hahn’s customer service is better and therefore for the blogger, the product is better. It does a better job of fulfilling the perceived needs of the blogger.

        Is the quality of Hahn’s informational product better than Berman’s? That’s a matter of opinion and my opinion is “no.” It’s just packaged a bit more attractively — kinda, sorta like a low interest-three year ARM for an overpriced house two years before a down market.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 7, 2009

  7. Well States, maybe neither hits nor comments nor a community of posters matter to Dolan at all. Maybe it is just about control and market share, after all. The ad dollars are just a drop in the bucket, huh?

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  8. Catching Up With Legend John Starks, a Hoopsworld Joint.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 30, 2009 | Reply

  9. Auggie,


    No, you are not crazy and you are not alone in Knickworld hiding from a bunch of Zombies. No you are not the real life manifestation of Will Smith running around New York in the movie, “I Am Legend” which also sounds like the heading of a future post.

    We’re glad to have you and your insights. You’ll find the views here are very diverse and the commenters very critical, knowledgeable and provocative (snarky mostly) in their analysis of NBA bball. Don’t judge the community by the Blog Posts in what we call “The Penthouse” because the lead guy is a bit of a wack job who is always crackin’ dry jokes and writing in long sentences (he also likes to fill silence and white space with pics of fine looking women), but Paul, DLT, Post-Up O&B and Peaceman, are among the many who make up for his deficiencies. Then there are others who just encourage him to be who he is just to start a fight.

    So hop a squat. Look around. If you enjoy the scenery (and this goes for anyone else who wants to commiserate with us through this next scary season and beyond)let us know that you’re sticking around and that you’re a Knicks Fanatic for life and we’ll add you to the Roll Call at the top of the first sidebar.

    Someone will be out to Welcome you to the neighborhood soon.

    We’re glad to have a new voice.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  10. Welcome to the hood Auggie!

    Have an open mind question the accepted/proscripted wisdom and be what many in the MSM who cover the Knicks aren’t,… that is objective.

    Comment by O&B's Ghost | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  11. Perhaps the next POW WOW should be at the Garden during
    the Coaches classic? The powers that be are trying to
    screw Isiah Thomas and make his FIU team open the season at
    the Garden against Champs North Carolina. Perhaps we should all show up and cheer Zeke’s Squad to upsetting the Tarheels? I hate them like the Celtics anyway!,185194

    Comment by Peaceman | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  12. some jag-off is on the knicks blog right now telling some poor shlub who thinks “wilson chandler is only gonna be an average player IMO”the other idiot named “moe from miami”is calling this guy a hater because of his opinion! what is hater?is that this years new teen word? im 55 years old ,i cant keep up with lingo! LOL i cant bring myself to go on that blog anymore

    Comment by auggie | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  13. Didn’t Jeffries say he would have a good year last too?

    Didn’t Jeffries say he was hurt the year before too?

    He will have a good year NEXT YEAR(2010) when his contract is expiring.

    …..Somebody help me!

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Well, somebody’s paying attention.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  14. Auggie,

    The Fix is insufferable clan.

    I think Thrill Will has upside. He is a bit stiff and mechanical but he has the physical tools to be a star.

    Your thoughts.

    I’m all for cheering Zeke on. I do think he fudged up but that’s just being balanced,… something other blogs aren’t about the current GM/pres Donnie Don Walsh.


    Jefferies is as brittle as taffy candy! Same ole same old feel good articles. Turtle Walsh should have traded him when he had the chance. He knows he could use a Mulligan on that missed opportunity.

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 31, 2009 | Reply

    • ORANGE N BLUE I think wilson chandler will never be more than slightly ,and i mean slightly above i hope im wrong,but i dont ever think hell be all-star caliber.he has no handles,and hes really not that smart,….but we shall see.we need a point guard.walsh has got to make some kind of move within the next 3 weeks….ps are you the same orange and blue that is on the other blog?

      Comment by auggie | August 31, 2009 | Reply

      • If Wilson Chandler winds up being average or slightly above, I think it will be more about the luck of the draw than his intellect. What Chandler does not have that would eventually seperate him from the pack is that apparent hunger and killer instinct. He is missing that mean aggressive gene that resides in a Michael Jordan or a Maurice Lucas. If an autopsy shows that he had the gene all along then you would have to conclude that Chandler playing for D’Antoni and the offensive, jump shooting minded Knicks did not help activate it. Chandler is young and needed some mentorship from a winner — someone that can help him realize how to use the skills he has.

        I like Chandler. He is a kid though with natural physical gifts that must be developed.

        I don’t know about his intellect. He seems smart enough to do what is asked of him and to play the game with some energy and knowledge. He was only in his second “rookie” year and to play a full 82 games with 14.4 pts and 5.4 rebounds is not too bad. Above average? For a rookie maybe, but you must always discount the scores somewhat when in D’Antoni’s offense. Then you must also consider that Chandler is rarely the first option — he gets his after Crawford, Randolph, Lee, Harrington and Robinson. His handle? Well, he has only 1.7 TO per game. Chandler’s PER is . Nevertheless, based on his win total some statisticians are already saying he is the 20th most overrated player in the league. See the Wages of Wins Journal article on “Who Was The Most OVerrated in 2008-2009.”

        I don’t think he will reach his potential under D’Antoni who will not give him defensive desire nor more of an inside game. If he remains a jumpshooter, at best he will become an old Vince Carter at a young age. I do think he can do better than that if he is traded to a better team.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 1, 2009

  15. Auggie,

    I’ve posted on the following blog from time to time:

    Knicks Fix;
    Knicks Blog (SNY’s Knicks Blog)
    Prosportsdaily (There Knicks forum threads)

    I go to those sites occasionally but prefer to call this spot home. I like the calibur and good wit of the crowd here. You’ll be challenged on your Bball IQ and meet great folks here.

    Comment by O&B's Ghost | September 1, 2009 | Reply

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