Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Raptors, Amare, Celtics

Yesterday, Nets head coach Avery Johnson weighed in on a number of topics, including the uncertainty of this past summer, the move to Brooklyn, and his thoughts on the Mavericks.  Here's a look at today's news and notes out of the Atlantic Division..

  • MSG Sports president Scott O'Neil is leaving the company, sources tell Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).  Isola notes that the Knicks exec had strong ties to the increasingly powerful Creative Artists Agency (Twitter link).
  • The appointment of Tom Anselmi as the new president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment should have no impact on the Raptors' basketball plans going forward, writes Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.  After talking to several people in and around the Raptors, Smith writes that there is no reason to believe that General Manager Bryan Colangelo's job is in any sort of jeopardy.
  • One NBA scout told Ian Begley of that Amare Stoudemire's best weapon in a bid for a bounce back season is the newly-acquired Marcus Camby.  While Tyson Chandler tends to attract defenders in the low post, Camby is a greater threat to connect from the perimeter, giving Stoudemire room to score down low for the Knicks.
  • Paul Flannery of gives us his five takeaways from the Celtics' offseason, starting with the importance of Kevin Garnett's three-year, $34MM contract.  While it's a good amount of money to commit to a 36-year-old, it left enough breathing room for the C's to make other moves to improve the roster. 

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