Tweet of The Night: Teen allegedly threatened Knicks owner, James Dolan

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james-dolanThis hasn’t been the best day for the New York Knicks organization from a press standpoint. The surprising series of events started earlier in the day when Metta World Peace announced his contract buyout. That early morning twitter announcement would be followed by a series of tweets from the NBA veterans’ brother, Daniel Artest who took direct aim at the organization.

Among other things Daniel pointed out the apparent dysfunction which has been plaguing the Knicks for some time. While this off court distraction could easily have been disregarded, the fact that the Knicks lost in yet another disappointing fashion to the Atlanta Hawks this evening didn’t help matters.

With tonights loss the Knicks now fall to a record of 21-35, as their underwhelming season continues to plunge in tragic fashion. Strangely enough their lopsided record wasn’t even the most intriguing storyline to come out earlier tonight. That honor goes to James Dolan, the Knicks owner himself.

 

Tweet of the Day: Metta World Peace Active On Twitter Again?

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As if he ever left Twitter in the first place…with the New York Knicks coming off of a 105-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Metta World Peace is now active on Twitter again.

Twas yet another example of Metta being Metta on Twitter.

He qualified his social media activity by suggesting that he can’t tweet when his team loses.

NBA Rumors and News for October 7, 2013

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Monday, October 7

Daily Trivia: Pau Gasol returned to action for the Lakers Sunday night. Over the summer he spent time working as a representative for Spain to host the 2020 Olympics, but lost the race to what country?

Klay Thompson willing to be the sixth man
Posted at 08:22 PM ET
Thompson Klay Thompson was Steph Curry’s running mate last season while starting at the shooting guard position for the Golden State Warriors. Thompson, who came off the bench Saturday for the first time since the Monta Ellis trade, appeared to be in assassin mode in his new role as the sixth man. Thompson had 37 games under his belt as a reserve, all from his rookie year. But after starting 122 straight games in the regular season and playoffs combined, Thompson said he’ll adapt. “It’s something you have to get used to,” he told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. “You have to stay looser on the bench, but it’s still the same role: go in there, shoot, play defense and try to do everything I can.”

Joakim Noah not playing Monday night
Posted at 11:27 AM ET
Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah will be a no-go in Monday night’s preseason home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies, Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky said on Twitter. Noah was expected to miss the game after suffering a groin injury in training camp last week. Swrisky’s tweet aslo included a prediction for Derrick Rose to play about 20 minutes in the game. Rose made his return to basketball on Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers where he finished with 13 points and three assists in 20 minutes.

Metta World Peace wrote a book about the Malice at the Palace
Posted at 07:27 AM ET
It was almost nine years ago, Nov. 19, 2004 to be exact, then Ron Artest, landed himself at the center of the most publicized brawl’s in sports history. The Malice at the Palace began with a hard foul on Detroit Pistons’ big man Ben Wallace, ron_artest_254 a scuffle ensued but eventually calmed. The fight escalated quickly when a fan threw a drink at Artest, the Indiana Pacers’ player rushed into the crowd leading to a brawl and the cancellation of the game. Now Metta World Peace, did a Q&A with the New York Post and revealed the book. “I wrote a book about it, son. I think I’m gonna wait to talk about it. But I wrote a book about that whole experience,” Peace said. ” Maybe like 500,000 people still talk about it, or a million people. But the other 6.9 billion people in the world, I think they got other things to worry about, you know — from the economy, to Middle East problems, to starvation in some countries, to girl trafficking in some countries, to gang violence. There’s so many other problems in the world.”

Trivia Answer: Japan

Evening News: Knicks encouraged by Melo-Bargnani pairing; Karl wants back into the NBA; Vlad Rad retires

NBA Rumors and News for October 6, 2013

Chris Sheridan released his 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 season.

Brett Poirier manages the Rumors and News page for Sheridan Hoops.

Five Things To Watch: New York Knicks

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woodsonThe New York Knicks were stuck in neutral while other Eastern Conference teams improved mightily this offseason.

Are they still No. 2 as they were last regular season? Probably not.

After a disappointing loss to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals that denied them a shot at the NBA champion Miami Heat, the Knicks essentially replaced Chris Copeland, Jason Kidd and Steve Novak with Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani. The team also re-signed J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin.

Meanwhile, Miami remains the class of the East and added Greg Oden; Indiana gets back former All-Star Danny Granger with a bolstered bench featuring Copeland, C.J. Watson and Luis Scola; Brooklyn made a bold move by acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry plus signing Andrei Kirilenko; and Chicago gets back former MVP Derrick Rose.

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Tweet of the Day: Gerald Henderson Astounded By A-Rod Suspension

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The longest suspension ever levied by the NBA league office to a single player was 86 total games—73 regular season and 13 playoff games. The penalty paid by then Indiana Pacers small forward Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace) for his involvement in the worst in-arena brawl to occur in basketball history.

That suspension pales in comparison to penalty issued to New York Yankees’ third basemen Alex Rodriguez on Monday.

As Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson noted, it is quite a hefty penalty.