The Knicks may have cost themselves a few ping-pong balls by beating Orlando Saturday night, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. New York and Minnesota are now tied atop Hoops Rumors’ Reverse Standings with 16-64 records. If they finish deadlocked, they will basically split the ping-pong balls used to determine the lottery order, with a coin flip deciding who gets one extra ball and the No. 1 designation. Each team would have about a 22.5% chance of winning the lottery. Had the Knicks lost last night and their last two games, their odds would have been at 25%. “I don’t believe in trying to lose,’’ Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.
There’s more this morning from the Big Apple:
- Berman reports in a separate story that Alexey Shved would like to remain in New York. The Knicks traded Pablo Prigioni to Houston at the deadline for the Russian guard and two second-round picks. He has been effective since the deal, averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. “My agent will do his work summertime but I want to stay here,” Shved said. “We had a lot of problems and injuries. Everything will change next year and I want to be part of it.’’
- Former Knicks player and current Bucks coach Jason Kidd told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com that New York could be a major player this summer in free agency. The Knicks will have at least $25MM to spend, along with a high draft pick and the lure of playing with Carmelo Anthony. “Melo is a talented player; he’s a great guy on and off the floor,” Kidd said. “So I wouldn’t see that there would be problems with guys coming in to play [with him].”
- While the team waits for the offseason, a few young players and castoffs from other organizations are trying to make an impact in 2014/15, writes Dan Barry of The New York Times. Langston Galloway, Ricky Ledo, Louis Amundson and Lance Thomas, who all joined the team on 10-day contracts, are trying to establish themselves before the season is over. “I’ve just been waiting to play,” Ledo said. “Coming from the D-League, I’m getting my shot here.”