Friday Practice Report

Jonah Ballow


A newsworthy Knicks training camp continues to feature new faces and a roster rapidly preparing for a monumental matchup against the Celtics on Sunday.  Six-year veteran, Steve Novak made his first appearance at Madison Square Garden Training Center on Friday afternoon, joining a group of new Knicks that includes: Mike Bibby, Tyson Chandler, Baron Davis, Jerome Jordan, and rookies Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson.

The former forward for the Spurs was elated for the new opportunity, “My wife and son got in last night, ‘I said welcome home we are in New York.’  To me, I couldn’t have picked a better place.”

The acquisition of Novak provides the Knicks with a tall, 6-10 shooter on the perimeter.  With the offensive firepower in the frontcourt, Novak can slide to the corners and knock down long bombs where he is a career 41.7 percent shooter. 

“A lot of people don’t know but it’s the closest 3-pointer you can shoot because the rest of the three’s further away,” Novak explained.  A lot of guys have made livings shooting corner three’s, so I hope to be one of those guys.”

Bill Walker also jumped on the floor on Friday for the first time since camp opened.  Head coach Mike D’Antoni expects Walker to be ready for the opener, “If there is not setback, I think he will be able to go Sunday also.”

As precautionary measures, big man Jared Jeffries and point guard Mike Bibby were held out of practice.  The team will reconvene at the Training Center on Saturday for one last practice before the highly anticipated contest against Boston. will have a complete scouting report from Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams along with videos and reports leading up to the season opener at Madison Square Garden.

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