By Nicholas Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since '80
The Knicks are ready to roll! The 2013-14 season officially kicked off on Monday with Media Day, and with all the players back together, one couldn't help but get excited about the team this year. “Our goal should be winning that championship, so in order to do that you need to prepare yourself, and it starts now,” said Tyson Chandler.
Knicks President and GM Steve Mills announced on Monday that the team has picked up Coach Mike Woodson’s option to keep him on the sidelines for the 2014-15 season. Woodson’s Knicks resume features a 72-34 record over the last two seasons and a .679 winning percentage, which is the second highest percentage in franchise history. “I have long respected Mike and think he has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of the Knicks,” Mills said. “After spending time with him recently, it is clear that picking up his option is an easy decision.”
Coach Woodson recapped the first day of training camp with the media on Tuesday afternoon. KnicksNow was live from training camp on Tuesday and provided this video of the highlights from the first day at camp.
KnicksNow’s Jonah Ballow caught up with J.R. Smith and you do not want to miss his hilarious Coach Woodson impersonation.
It looks like Carmelo Anthony is ready to rock judging by his tweet on Monday.
Let The Games Begin!!!! It's showtime now.— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) September 30, 2013
Tim Hardaway Jr. posed for some pictures with J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton during his first media day with the Knicks.
The situation took a comedic turn when Melo, Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Raymond Felton lined up for a group picture. The Knicks posted this hilarious video on their Instagram account.
After the first practice of the season was in the books, the team got together with the coaching staff for a night film session.
Time to go over film work for the night session. pic.twitter.com/wN1sX5efoZ— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 1, 2013
Toure Murry has a huge opportunity to make a name for himself (as KnicksNow's Charlie Widdoes wrote about on Monday) and he tweeted this exciting message on his Twitter account.
Training camp day 1 #Knicks— Toure Murry (@toure_murry) October 1, 2013
Tyson was excited to get his hands on a copy of NBA2K14 on Tuesday.
Hardaway also got his hands on a copy of NBA2K14 and decided his first game would be against Trey Burke and the Utah Jazz. The two players are friends and were teammates at Michigan before being drafted into the NBA this offseason.
Knicks Assistant GM Allan Houston was live with Gene Cross, the head coach of the Knicks D-League affiliate Erie Bayhawks to observe new player tryouts at Baruch College.