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.
The Knicks have not traditionally sent players to the NBA D-League but made an exception Tuesday by moving center Jerome Jordan and point guard Jeremy Lin to the Erie Bay Hawks.
Still, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said both players would only stay there for a couple games.
“They’ll be back pretty soon,” he said Wednesday before the Knicks lost their fourth straight, 91-88, to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. “There’s not enough practices. They were just sitting there. We do want them to play and be in game condition in case you need them. This is the perfect time to do it now.”
The 6-foot-3 Lin appeared in five games for the Knicks and scored just five points while dishing two assists. With Iman Shumpert and Mike Bibby at the point, and Baron Davis soon to make his debut, the Knicks had little need for the former Harvard star.
The 7-foot Jordan is averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 boards and is playing behind Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries.
“He’s got a lot of talent, he’s just not strong enough yet,” D’Antoni said of Jordan. “He works very hard. He’s talented, shoots the ball, runs the floor. He’s 7-feet. There’s a possibility.”
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.