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    Knicks in Turmoil Again

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    After a positive start to the young NBA season – 6-6 after 12 games – the Knicks reverted to their turbulent ways with 2 trades and a player boycott before its 104-87 drubbing at the hands of the Bucks in Milwaukee on Friday night.

    First the trades:

    The Knicks sent guard Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington.

    Just hours later, the Knicks traded Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.

    The moves were made to clear salary space and attempt to pacify disgruntled guard Stephon Marbury.

    As for the salary cap space, the Knicks are looking to get under the cap within 2 years in order to clear room to sign a big-name free agent during the summer of 2010. That free agent class could include with likes of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, and the Knicks would love to sign one of those players in order to turn the franchise around.

    The moves were also done to show troubled guard Stephon Marbury that there would plenty of minutes for him to get the playing time he desired (he has yet to play this season due to a riff with team management and new head coach Mike D’Antoni). Marbury responded by refusing to play in protest of the trades. He took his seat on the bench as he had done for the first 11 games of the season.

    As a result, D’Antoni had only 7 players at his disposal for the Bucks game on Friday night. All 5 starters each played at least 37 minutes, with Chris Duhon shouldering the load with almost 43 minutes. Ouch. Th team shot only 34% from the field and were out rebounded 60-46. The Knicks are not expected to have the 3 incoming players until Tuesday night’s clash with the Cavaliers at the Garden. Tonight’s game against the Wizards could be a brutal affair, except for the fact that the Wizards have won only 1 of 10 games so far this season without their star Gilbert Arenas. If Marbury decides to play, the Knicks should run away with this one. If not, the Wizards could pull off the upset and pick up their 2nd win of the season.

    Stay tuned for more Knicks drama…

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