In last night’s nice little fourth quarter barrage, the Knicks reverted back to their early winter look, i.e. with no Carmelo Anthony. Apparently a migraine was suffered by the All-Star starter on an Al Horford love tap during the first quarter. Not sure if this’ll create any lingering side effects, but the Knicks’ new cast of characters seemed able enough to step in and give a solid effort without him. Also, congratulations to Mike D’Antoni. In 224 games as head coach of the New York Knicks, last night was the first time your team held its opponent under 80 points!
Read more about last night’s game in the links. Now onto them.
* Down in Tennessee, a former Knick gets his number retired.
* With all the media scrutiny going on in Miami, specifically aimed at Erik Spoelstra, Knick head coach Mike D’Antoni feels like he can relate. (What D’Antoni didn’t say was he’d absolutely, positively, never in eight million years embarrass his players the way Spoelstra did yesterday.)
* I’d have to say this is a terrible, out-on-a-ledge theory by the Post’s Marc Berman, but crazier things have happened. Especially when it involves New York’s ability to make management decision.
* The best part about last night’s win in Atlanta? The team’s depth was revealed. Roger Mason Jr., for one, was a starter in San Antonio just a few years ago, and having a veteran presence like that is only going to help a team battling injuries, trying to mold a strong locker room.
*Remember when Amar’e told BYU how he really feels? Well, maybe he was lying.
* A very cool story. Reactions to the Carmelo trade are disclosed by the players who weren’t involved.