Things are looking up for the New York Knicks, if we define looking up as receiving the highest percentage to land the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. The Knicks begin the second “half” of the NBA season after NBA All-Star weekend with the worst record in the NBA at 10-43.
The Knicks don’t plan on turning it around this season, as recent news came out that Carmelo Anthony will be shutdown for the rest of the season and is likely to have knee surgery to fix whatever problems lingered this season. Fun fact: Anthony became the second player ever to play in the All-Star game and not play the rest of the season. A couple of days before that news, the Knicks announced they bought out the rest of Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract, who eventually signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
Before the NBA trade deadline, Pablo Prigioni was dealt to the Houston Rockets, and the Knicks received Alexey Shved and two second-round draft picks.
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In any case, the Knicks welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to Madison Square Garden at Sunday, February 22nd at 1 p.m. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price is $357.59 with a walk-in price of $99.67. For fans commuting to the game, ParkWhiz.com can help you find NYC parking deals to help your game day commute easier. Spots are available near the Garden for as low as $15.
It feels like a long time ago since the New York Knicks went into Quicken Loans Arena and spoiled James’ first home game returning to the Cavaliers on October 30, 2014. There is not one player starting for the New York Knicks on Sunday who started in that October 30th contest.
The Cavaliers (33-22) are currently one and a half games behind the Chicago Bulls in the Central division and have won 14 of their last 16 games prior to the All-Star break. The Knicks and Cavaliers have split the two games they’ve played against each other this season.