So the New York Knicks made it to the NBA playoffs, so what’s next?

For the first time in EIGHT years, the New York Knicks managed to qualify for the NBA Playoffs, while their dream may have come to a short end after they suffered an opening round loss. Things are however on an upward trend, despite them having come up short, with the potential to enter the offseason with plenty of space on the salary cap, meaning WAY bigger things could be on the horizon for the New York based franchise. With that the focus now shifts towards the 2021 offseason, so it’s time for us to take a look at where the Knicks stand. Let’s get into it.

So, where do we begin? First is the NBA’s Most-Improved Player of this season, Julius Randle has a partial guarantee of $4.0 Million for the 2021-22 season and as much as he struggled in the playoffs, the Knicks guaranteeing the entirety of his $21.8 million salary for the upcoming season feels like a pretty safe bet, considering he had a really solid season. Not only that but the Knicks may be set to lose a fair few players, leaving them with quite a lot of roster spots to fill.

Almost certainly the most notable would be Derrick Rose, the Knicks acquired him in the lead up to the trade deadline of this season. He played 35 games this season, in those 35 games D.Rose averaged 4.2 assists and 14.9 points on .487/.411/.883 shooting splits. This man earned enough votes for him to finish in THIRD PLACE in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year, sitting just behind Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson who both play for the Utah Jazz.

Not only that however, Alec Burks, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel are going to be unrestricted free agents, alongside that, Theo Pinson, Jared Harper and Frank Ntilikina will all be Restricted Free Agents while there’s a team option worth $1.8 million on the contract of Mitchell Robinson.

One thing that the Knicks need to do now they managed to push into the playoffs, even if they didn’t make it deep, is to manage their expectations. There isn’t a single team in the NBA this season that has outperformed their expectations more than the New York Knicks, nobody expected anything from the Knicks. They were predicted to win “24.7 games” which would’ve put them with the 3rd worst record in the NBA. Instead, they went on to win 41 games pushing them into the playoffs for the first time since 2013!

The work that the Knicks have put in this season has not gone unnoticed. In the most recent edition of ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, New York jumped from Number 27 last March to Number 7.

An improvement of 22 wins isn’t the result of just taking one quick year of spending like crazy in free agency, making panicked trades hoping for a quick patch up. What they did was acquire the correct coach for their project in Tom Thibodeau, they then worked hard to pick and choose the right talent that would also fit in with their project. The result? New York now has a blueprint to use as the people in charge build their roster, not only for the upcoming offseason, but for the future of the franchise in general.

So, what are the steps they should be taking for the upcoming offseason? There are a few things they could do, they could go ahead and try to build through the draft, they can push development on the inside and re-sign some of their key free agents, such as Alec Burks and Derrick Rose. They could try and land one big-name free agent to try and build their system around, since they may have up to $50 million in salary cap space, though this would definitely be at the cost of their own free agents. Or they could make a big trade using draft picks and young players combined with their cap space.

Realistically what the team currently needs is a starting point guard and a starting short forward, they also realistically need some depth to manage the quick turnaround in games that the NBA has, in almost every position but power forward. They have the following they can use to rebuild;

  • Potentially $50 million in cap space
  • Two first round picks and a second round pick in the draft.
  • Draft assets for 2023
  • $4.9 million cap room around their midlevel in exceptions
  • $5.8 million in cash to send or receive in a trade.

What do you think? What would you do with the resources they have available? Where do you think the Knicks will end up next season? I think there are many Pennsylvania betting sites that are tipping them for a playoff place again, but they have a lot of work to do to ensure they make the playoffs back to back, would you agree? Let us know!

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Jeremy Lin’s heroics for Hornets nearly shot down by Kristaps Porzingis

Jeremy Lin scored 17 points including several crucial plays at the end of the game that helped the Charlotte Hornets hang on a tight two point win over the New York Knicks. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin’s heroics for Hornets nearly shot down by Kristaps Porzingis”

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Here’s all the Jeremy Lin hairstyles throughout the years

This is nothing more than a post about Jeremy Lin’s hairstyles. Continue reading “Here’s all the Jeremy Lin hairstyles throughout the years”

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Byron Scott has given up on Jeremy Lin, Lakers and winning

It’s not as if we need any more evidence that Byron Scott has it out for Jeremy Lin, but his comments after the Laker’s loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday just proves that winning isn’t on his mind. Continue reading “Byron Scott has given up on Jeremy Lin, Lakers and winning”

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Carmelo plays in All-Star Game, then quits on Knicks (and no one is surprised)

Of course Carmelo Anthony played in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and called it a season a couple days after. It would have been out of character if he didn’t. Continue reading “Carmelo plays in All-Star Game, then quits on Knicks (and no one is surprised)”

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The Knicks just blew up their roster, will try to rebuild around Carmelo Anthony (AGAIN)

The New York Knicks just blew up the team and gave up on the season, getting rid of three of their top eight players, and about to shut down their superstar. Continue reading “The Knicks just blew up their roster, will try to rebuild around Carmelo Anthony (AGAIN)”

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‘Melo on offense, Mellow on defense (Knicks lose in overtime)

Anyone that’s watched Carmelo Anthony over his career knows that he doesn’t really like-like defense, but this sequence against the Sacramento Kings is even substandard for ‘Mellow’s usual lazy effort. Continue reading “‘Melo on offense, Mellow on defense (Knicks lose in overtime)”

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Kyrie Irving brings his circus act to Madison Square Garden

Most players hope to make a great move here and there, maybe hit a tough shot, and perhaps make a highlight reel or two. Continue reading “Kyrie Irving brings his circus act to Madison Square Garden”

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Two Years Ago Today… Jeremy Lin was picked up by the New York Knicks

> Just came across this tweet-fact from Jessica Camerato: Two years ago today, Jeremy Lin was claimed off the waiver wire by the New York Knicks. Crazy. Then in a little over a month from being picked up, Lin would come off the bench with 25 points and 7 assists to lead the Knicks over the New Jersey Nets in what would be the beginning of Linsanity.

Jeremy Lin claimed off waivers 2 years ago tweet

Despite it technically being his fourth NBA season, in actualiy Lin has less than two years or real NBA game experience.

This tweet reminds us just how much can happen in two years. It really highlights how much of a whirlwind Jeremy Lin’s life has been: waived by the Houston Rockets on Christmas day, picked up by the Knicks two days later, rode the bench and was on the verge of being waived again, sent down to D-League where he plays one game and registers a triple-double.

All the while the Knicks lose 9/10 games experimenting with Iman Shumpert at point. Lin is called up when Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas are ineffective and Baron Davis suffers a setback to his back injury. Those setbacks set up Linsanity on the court and off for the next two months, Lin has season-ending knee surgery, leaving the Knicks that summer and signing a $25 million contract with the Rockets, having a documentary made about his life, receiving multiple hand-written, perfume-soaked notes from me, multiple minor injuries, out-sized expectations, and silly criticisms… all this in two years.

I think I would take up religion, too…

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NBA Players Tweet About Jeremy Lin #Flashback

Jeremy Lin screams in Madison Square Garden as a member of the Knicks

It’s February, so not only is this the month of Chinese New Year, but it will always be the month in which Linsanity sprouted, in reverse, from the basketball heavens last year. In honor of last February, just so you can relive Linsanity, we’ve gathered some more NBA player tweets from that time:

“He’s not a fluke. Just the confidence he plays with, the pace, the understanding of the game. You can tell when a guy isn’t really that skilled but is just having a good stretch. This guy is skilled.”Tyson Chandler after the Knicks’ win over the Washington Wizards.

“Jeremy Lin is killing right now, I’m always rooting for the underdogs.”Rudy Gay via Twitter 

“Me too! Glad (Lin is) killin it!”Kevin Durant via Twitter in response to Rudy Gay

“OK. I GIVE IN!!!!!!! ITS LEGIT!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!”Reggie Miller via Twitter after Lin hit the game-winning three against the Toronto Raptors.

“We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.”Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets GM on Twitter.

“It’s the quickness that’s low to the ground. I’m not saying he’s like [Bulls guard] Derrick Rose or anything, but when you watch D-Rose closely, he’s low to the ground and when you’re that low and that fast, you see [Lin’s success].”Bill Walker.

“I knew (Lin) could play basketball, and if you are a guard that can run the pick-and-roll in their coach’s offense, you have a very good chance to excel.”John Wall

“I think it’s a great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work, and I think a good example for kids everywhere.”Kobe Bryant after Lin outscored him 38-31 in a Knicks win.

“Lin is the real deal. He’s the true point guard the Knicks haven’t had in years. He’s the guy the Knicks have needed all along.”Bernard King, New York Knicks Legend.

“My God, he’s a tremendous player.” —Jerry West, NBA Hall-of-Famer

Watching this Knicks vs Raptors game…HUGE shot by @JLin7 #RespectChris Paul via Twitter

@JLin7 good to see u hoop n bro keep balling#GODbless Nate Robinson via Twitter.

Jeremy Lin after big three against the Los Angeles Lakers

Jeremy”Kobe Wuz Smokin’ But I Wasn’t Joke-“Lin. Tonight Was NO FLUKE. I Seen It Wit’ My Own 4 EYES. JLin Is LEGIT.NBA DEAL WITH IT.YA-DIG???Spike Lee via Twitter

Jeremy Lin is an inspiration. A week ago, nobody thought he could play, but he knew different. A lot of us are waiting for that opportunity.Roger Mason Jr. via Twitter Continue reading “NBA Players Tweet About Jeremy Lin #Flashback”

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Linsanity Timeline

Do you want to relive Linsanity again and again and AGAIN and AGAIN like I do? Here’s one page with each of those game videos where you can enjoy the best February of your boring life over and over and over again. I’ve cried a thousand times over.

KNICKS vs. NETS (2012/02/04) The game that started the insanity. Lin comes off the bench, as the fourth string PG, and leads the Knicks to the win with 25 points and 7 assists.

 

KNICKS VS. UTAH JAZZ (2012/02/06) Linsanity game #2. Lin goes for 28 points in a win over the Utah Jazz.

 

KNICKS VS. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (2012/02/08) Third game, second as a starter, and Lin & the Knicks turn this one into a laugher. Lin has first career double-double (23 points / 10 assists)

 

KNICKS VS. LA LAKERS (2012/02/10) Jeremy Lin goes for 38 points in a nationally televised game against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles. Only a week into Linsanity, the New York Knicks win their fourth straight with Jeremy Lin at the helm.

Continue reading “Linsanity Timeline”

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I rushed out of work early to catch the latest Knicks game at a downtown restaurant that actually had NBATV (more difficult than expected). The first three quarters weren’t pretty – the Knicks were playing like shit.

The fourth quarter was different; the Knicks stormed back from 12 down, eventually tying the score at 87 when Lin converted a very difficult three point play. That play caused Randy and I to look at one another and just smile, kind of saying “Wow, is this for real?”

Little did we know that was just the warm up. After the Raptors missed on the ensuing play, the score still tied at 87. Iman Shumpert would miss a 16-foor bank shot, one that Tyson Chandler would rebound and pass out to Lin with roughly 18 seconds remaining.

No timeout. Lin wound the clock down, took a few measured dribbles, and would hit the game-winning three. That shot propelled Randy and I out of our seats, laughing and looking at one another in disbelief.

Knicks would win 90-87. That game was Jeremy Lin’s 5th NBA start, and it was the Knicks’ 6th straight victory. Linsanity.

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