By way of comparison, the Knicks humongous, blockbuster trade of just 48 hours ago is, like, totally ancient news. Before yesterday’s deadline struck at 3 p.m., a bajillion deals went down: the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics changed their identity, the Oklahoma City Thunder became a contender, the Nets landed their first franchise player in almost 40 years, Hasheem Thabeet was moved for an actual player, the Trail Blazers managed to grab a momentary Brandon Roy stop gap, and so on and so on. What didn’t happen, however, was the Knicks acquisition of a big guy. As their roster stands, New York has one true center: Ronny Turiaf. Which means nobody on the team is taller than 6′ 10″. Check back later today for an explanation on how they can fix this minor dilemma, but first let’s dive into today’s links.
* The league’s second most uproarious rookie gives thanks to all those in the heavens above for allowing him an extended stay in New York.
* A minor preview of tonight’s game against Cleveland. (A more detailed post from us to come later.)
* A toast to Gallinari; the great wild card of the Carmelo deal.
* Tired of Chris Paul rumors? Of course you aren’t! But New Orleans probably is.
* Can one of the more overlooked newcomers fit in?
* Look for our detailed piece on Chauncey Billups later today. For now, read this. You won’t be disappointed having this guy on your team.
* The Chicago Tribune, and three other corners of the country, thinks the Knicks absolutely hosed Denver.
* The Knicks will likely cut ties with Renaldo Balkman. What. A. Shame.