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News » New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-25


New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-25


New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-25--Five veteran players and Mike D'Antoni didn't make it to Staples Center until less than an hour before tip-off because of heavy traffic around Los Angeles. The second bus from the team hotel in Santa Monica left at 5 p.m., and it took more than 90 minutes to make the 16-mile drive along the congested 405 freeway.

On that bus were starters Chris Duhon and Larry Hughes and key reserve Al Harrington, along with Eddy Curry and Darko Milicic. None of the players were able to go through a pregame workout, and they had only the pregame layup line to get loose and get shots up. The team, which practiced in Los Angeles the day before, didn't hold a shootaround in the morning.

The combined field goal shooting for the group was 8-for-28. Harrington, the team's leading scorer at 19.1 points per game, had just five points in 21:38.

"You know, sometimes you go out and play great and sometimes bad," D'Antoni said. "I don't put much stock in it."

--Dean Meminger is in serious condition in a New York hospital after he suffered smoke inhalation from a fire that destroyed an apartment complex in the Bronx, where he lives. Even more disturbing were reports that in the 62-year-old's apartment were several crack pipes. Meminger has been battling a cocaine and alcohol addition for years.

"I know he's had some drug problems in the past," said Walt "Clyde" Frazier, a teammate of Meminger from 1971-74, including the 1973 championship team. "But he'd overcome it."

Meminger, nicknamed "Dean the Dream," was a first-round pick in 1971 and the third guard behind the superstar backcourt of Frazier and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. He averaged 5.6 points per game in 268 career games in New York, and the 6-1 guard was best known for his defense against Celtics great JoJo White in Game 7 at the Boston Garden in '73. The Knicks beat the Celtics, who had never before lost a Game 7, and advanced to the NBA Finals.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You wake up and look at the stats and you are like, 'Oops, that's not good.' But we've been playing better lately, and hopefully we keep getting better." -- Mike D'Antoni on his team's awful shooting this season.


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Added: November 25, 2009

 

 
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