By Nick Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since '80
The NBA Summer League came to a close on Friday and the Knicks were looking to finish strong with a win against the Los Angeles Clippers. They were able to control the pace early and led 22-17 after the first quarter thanks to quick starts from C.J. Leslie and Terrence Jennings.
New York came out on a mission and opened the second quarter and on an 11-4 run before ultimately taking a 48-33 lead into halftime. The Clippers fought back to narrow the lead in the third quarter but it was all Knicks from there -- they defeated the Clippers by the score of 91-80.
The final game brought so many encouraging signs from players looking to make last minute impressions to close out the Summer League. Jeremy Tyler, who has really showcased his potential in front of the coaches, had another strong outing, scoring 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Terrence Jennings scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, pulled down nine rebounds, snatched two steals, blocked a shot, and dished out an assist to finish one of his strongest games during league play. Watch the exciting highlights from the victory here.
Carmelo Anthony joined fellow superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul over the weekend in Shanghai, China for the Jordan Flight Tour. They met with fans to talk about basketball, engaged in some sightseeing, judged a dunk contest, and took flight all around China. Watch all of the great highlights from the trip here.
Metta World Peace isn’t dreaming, he is actually a member of the Knicks roster and you can tell he couldn’t be happier. World Peace sounded like he needed a pinch to wake up on Saturday after posting this on his Twitter account.
Iman Shumpert decided to have some fun with World Peace on Saturday after his post on Twitter responding, “Nah u wit the #Tape.”
Amar’e Stoudemire is visiting Israel and he has been keeping everyone updated on Twitter about his status.
Watch a video update of STAT in Israel here.
Andrea Bargnani posted a picture on his Instagram account on Saturday of the very first hoop that he ever played on in Italy and it was really awesome to see where he got his start. Bargnani declared, “And this one is the very first one I have ever had, grandpa put it together 25 years ago.... Still there! #oldschool #family."