Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Calipari Says ‘Jorts’ Will be a Knicks’ Fan Favorite
Kentucky coach John Calipari, fresh off signing an eight-year contract extension worth $36.5 million, says Josh Harrellson will be a “fan favorite” for the Knicks when, and if, NBA action resumes next season.
“I see him playing in the league because he will go bang, rebound, Bill Laimbeer-ish,” Cal told Mike Lupica Monday on ESPN 1050 radio. “You know what I’m saying? He can shoot it better than you think.
“And here’s why he didn’t shoot more last year, because I’ve had my best shooting team I’ve had in eight years, when you talk Darius [Miller], Doron [Lamb], Brandon [Knight], even Terrence Jones. I had a heck of a shooting team last year, so I didn’t need him to shoot. We used him in hand-offs and other things.
“But I’ll tell you what, he’ll compete and he’ll be a fan favorite. The fans will absolutely love this guy.”
The Knicks acquired the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Harrellson in a Draft-night trade with the New Orleans Hornets for about $750,000.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.