Game Recap: The Knicks got out to an early lead and looked like the early season version of the team with good ball movement, knocking down threes, Melo doing what Melo does and Shumpert didn’t look too rusty in his first game back. Respect to the Pistons who didn’t gave up and made a good run in the second half to make it a closer game but in all honestly the Knicks never looked like losing after the first few minutes. Check out the nba.com highlights of the game and check out our random points of note below the video.
Points of Note:
- Crowd atmosphere wasn’t great, place was a bit dead in the first half. Picked up when the Pistons made their run in the second half.
- Standout moment for the first half was probably Austin Daye’s hard foul on Chandler, when it happened chandler was at the rim and it looked like he went down hard, it was ruled a flagrant one.
- Largest crowd reaction of the night was easily when the camera showed Ashley Cole – HUGE boos all around the arena.
- Shumpert looked sharp considering he has been out for so long. Could be a huge factor for the Knicks going forward this year, increases their energy on defense and gives them a lock down on the ball perimeter defender. His hair is just as great as you would imagine in person and he nearly threw down a ridiculous poster but unfortunately lost control of the ball.
- An “infectious control timeout” isn’t nearly as serious as it sounds.
JR’s Moves – Check out this video we got from our man @jrochec at www.nbamainiacs.com
The Man Who Doesn’t Miss Shots – With Dave Hopla in town of course TCC had to speak to the basketball shooting legend. Hopla has strong Irish connections having plied his trade in Belfast for years playing for the old St Gall’s team. After what he describes as “some of the best years of his life” Hopla went on to become one of the best shooting coaches in the world and is now an assistant coach with the NY Knicks. Check out what he had to say about his time in Ireland, working with the Kicks and how young players from here can make it in the states:
The Belt: The first of many videos to follow, hear what Steve Novak had to say about “The Belt” and inspiring kids like “little Nathan”.
Shumps Crazy Kicks: Looks like Shumpert could be making his season debut and there are rumours that he might actually start the game. The kids at the “NBA Cares” clinic aren’t too bothered about that though – they just love his shoes.
B Diddy is here! – Baron Davis is over with the Knicks but his actual role is a mystery. He looks like he is making a documentary or something, constantly running around with a very expensive looking video camera. Maybe he is working for “Knickstape”? Who knows? One thing is for sure, he isn’t here playing basketball! (Although he did show off some sick handles on the sideline during training.)
NBA has landed -The Knicks and Pistons are in London to play only the third ever regular season game outside of US shores. (Okay, technically outside of North America, but it’s all the same place really, isn’t it? …. Sorry Colm )
Both teams touched down yesterday and today had practice sessions in the O2 arena followed by an “NBA Cares” clinic with about 40 local school children. TCC were on court speaking with the players and staff on about their trip to London, Swag, TV-Shows and Championship Belts amongst other things.
Over the next three days we will bring you all the news from the game and the surrounding NBA entertainment machine which is in full operation.
But most importantly we want to hear from YOU! If you are heading over to the games hit us up on Facebook or Twitter and let us know where you are at and what you are doing! TCC will be looking to speak to any Irish basketball fans over the weekend so don’t be shy – get in touch!
Special thanks to our friends at ESPN for continuing to support our mission of developing a better basketball culture on the island of Ireland