View Full Version : Maciej Lampe to play for the Knicks' summer-league team

Ummmmm Ok
07-09-2003, 02:38 PM


July 9, 2003 -- Light the Lampe. He will play.
The Knicks received terrific news yesterday as Real Madrid granted 7-foot teen sensation Maciej Lampe permission to play for the Knicks' summer-league team, sources told The Post.

Although the 18-year-old forward still has not finalized a contract buyout, Real Madrid's change of heart indicates a willingness to get a deal done soon. The Post has been told the Polish marksman was in the process of getting a private insurance policy to protect him against injury during the two-week summer-league schedule. Real Madrid had forbidden Lampe from playing until yesterday.

Practices begin at the Knicks' Westchester facility today with a double session. Lampe, compared to Dirk Nowitzki, is expected to fly in this morning from Chicago and could be in uniform for the second session.

In another development, Marc Cornstein, the agent for 7-6 Serbian center Slavko Vranes, said he's in the "final stages" of contract-buyout negotiations with his client's European team. Vranes, selected in the second round, could be on hand by today. That would ensure all three 2003 Knick draft picks will play summer league, since Mike Sweetney signed Monday.

The Knicks begin play at the Boston tournament Monday, then fly to Utah July 20 for another week of games at the Rocky Mountain Revue.

Sweetney will have to share the limelight with Lampe, the Garden folk hero who dropped to 30th in the draft because of a $2 million contract buyout and non-lottery teams not getting a chance to work him out.

Negotiations for the buyout are progressing because Real Madrid is willing to listen to proposals of a long-term payment schedule since Lampe has to foot all but $350,000 of the $2 million buyout. Lampe made just $45,000 last season, playing mostly for its minor-league team, and is slated to make $55,000 next season

07-09-2003, 02:42 PM
i am interested to see how he does in the summer league. for our sake, i hope he is terrible.

Ummmmm Ok
07-09-2003, 02:46 PM
well as dooby would say "I have a man crush" on Lampe and I hope he lights it up. Than I could go drinking because we passed on the guy. i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif

07-09-2003, 02:52 PM
New York will be in the eastern Conference finals in 2 years. They will win the ECF in 3.

07-09-2003, 02:54 PM
oh really? are you saying that based on some 18 year old kid who didn't even play for the top real madrid team?

Ummmmm Ok
07-09-2003, 02:57 PM
Originally posted by: Mandyahl
oh really? are you saying that based on some 18 year old kid who didn't even play for the top real madrid team?

Are you trying to fight me Mandy, cause nobody talks about my man like that. *snaps fingers in a Z*

07-09-2003, 03:02 PM
i was posting in response to signoftimes claim that the knicks will win the ecf in three years. i am not debating that lampe could some day be a great player, but look how long it took dirk to develop. i just don't think he will bring the knicks so far so fast.

07-09-2003, 03:11 PM
Put your gloves on Mandyi/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

I am saying that because New York had the best draft of the entire NBA this year. They also have some good veteran talent on their squad right now. Lampe is not the kid who will carry this team right now, but in 2 years, this team will be strong enough to compete with anyone in the east(maybe not detroit).

So no, a 18 year old kid, who didn't play for the top real madrid team will not carry this team. A 21 year old kid surrounded by some talented veterans and a few other talented players drafted with him, with 3 years NBA experience, who has filled out some, will probably take this team pretty far in the East

Plus my prediction might be hyperbolic for effect

07-09-2003, 03:13 PM
ok, i see what you are saying, but realistically i think it takes a couple more years.

we will see though.

07-10-2003, 12:50 PM
I'm going to the summer league next Wednesday in Boston.

12:00 Dallas vs. New York

I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Some dude on the Cavs is supposed to play as well.

Ummmmm Ok
07-10-2003, 12:55 PM
who plays for the cavs that is going to overshadow the awesome 7 footer from Real Madrid.

07-12-2003, 05:21 AM
Don't forget that originally Lampe was going to be just the #9 pick. Of course sometimes unknown #9 picks from Europe are pretty good, but I don't think that happens twice.

07-12-2003, 05:28 AM
some had lampe going as high as fifth.

at any rate, to get someone who was supposed to be in the lottery as a second round pick is a huge steal. but only time will tell how huge of a steal it was.

07-12-2003, 11:09 PM


July 12, 2003 -- Last week, Maciej Lampe got a tattoo on his right ankle -a picture of a basketball inside a cross, with the No. 30 inside.
Lampe does not want to forget June 26 - the night he careened out of the NBA draft lottery and into the second round, where the Knicks nabbed him with the 30th overall pick.

"He's very aware of the fact [he was picked 30th]," Knick coach Don Chaney said. "He has something to prove being picked so late. It's a good thing for us, especially. That means he's going to work harder to improve his game."

Yesterday marked Lampe's second practice with the Knicks' summer-league team, joining a day late because the NBA needed to approve Real Madrid's clearance document.

During two five-minute scrimmages, Lampe, 18, didn't touch the ball much, as he's still learning the plays. But when he did, Lampe was out on the perimeter, away from the inside fray.

Lampe wore white athletic tape over his left ear to protect a newly pierced ear, but that's not why he wanted no part of the lane. That's been his style, and that's why he's compared to Dirk Nowitzki, a 7-footer who can shoot treys.

However, Chaney wants Lampe to get himself dirty.

"Although he feels he can score on anybody outside, he can also score on guys inside," Chaney said. "He has to put as much emphasis on his inside game as his outside game. He's got to be a well-rounded player. It's a lot easier to play on the perimeter. It's a lot tougher to play inside. I want him versatile."

Lampe is a project, but one with an exciting upside.

Lampe is to make his Knick debut Monday in the Boston summer league. The Knicks say they want him here next season, but if he's a bust in Boston and Utah, there's a slight chance they could cease buyout talks with Real Madrid and let him stay in Europe another year.

"It all depends on how I do in the summer league, what the Knicks think," Lampe said.

"I want to stay here. It all depends on my game. If I play good, then the Knicks will fight for me. I think I can get out of my contract easy. We have to lower the buyout, which we can do, or we can take them to court."

Slavko Vranes, the Serbian 7-6 center, joined Lampe yesterday as he was cleared by his European team for his first practice.

07-14-2003, 10:33 PM
lampe and vranes didn't look too good in the game today....from espn.com:

Lampe, the 30th overall pick in last month's draft, was 1-for-7 from the field with five fouls and three turnovers in 28 minutes at small forward. Vranes, a 7-foot-5 center, was 0-for-2 with no rebounds and four fouls in 8 minutes.

one long blue sock
07-14-2003, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by: signoftimes
New York will be in the eastern Conference finals in 2 years. They will win the ECF in 3.

And yes your rating that on 2 rookies you've barely(if at all) seen play. And then either old guys with big contracts. Or Guards who hate eachother.

And the beautiful postition they DONT have filled at PG.

07-15-2003, 12:45 AM
Wasn't this Tshkitishivili guy that plays for Denver highly compared to Dirk? Whatever happen to him?

07-15-2003, 02:33 AM
Originally posted by: Nash13
Wasn't this Tshkitishivili guy that plays for Denver highly compared to Dirk? Whatever happen to him?

Much like dirk, in his first year he struggled. He's still only 19 or 20. From what I saw of him last year, I think he's gonna be REAL good. He's quicker than Dirk...more of a slasher than Dirk. Probably not as good shooting, but I like him.

07-20-2003, 12:10 AM

July 18, 2003 -- BOSTON - With Maciej Lampe's improvement over the first four games, the Knicks are hoping to see a quick resolution to his contract-buyout negotiations, which sped up yesterday.
Sources familiar with the talks said Real Madrid is more ready to make a deal than it was two weeks ago. Already, progress has been made in reducing the $2 million buyout figure and convincing the Spanish team to allow some sort of payment plan. Lampe has to pay all but $350,000 of the buyout.

Suddenly, the 18-year-old Lampe not only looks like he's going to make it in the NBA, but he may be ready to contribute this season. Lampe last night followed up Wednesday's 21-point performance with a 13-point outing, making 6 of 15 shots. Though he missed a lot of his perimeter shots, Lampe scored most of his buckets inside, including two wonderful spin moves for layups in the Knicks' 96-78 loss to the Celtics.

He is becoming an inside-outside force that he didn't even display in the Spanish minor leagues last season. "He's 18, 7-foot, 270 pounds, it's not a bad place to start," Knicks assistant GM Jeff Nix said.

If the Knicks don't use the $4.9 million exception, they can take $1 million of it and sign Lampe. Otherwise, Lampe must sign for the $360,000 minimum.

Knicks' second-round pick Slavko Vranes had his best game last night with five points in nine minutes, making all three of his free throws. His best moment of summer league came in the second quarter when he ripped down a tough offensive rebound and laid it in despite traffic.

The Knicks have hired a conditioning coach here in Boston to work with the 7-6 Vranes every day. First-rounder Mike Sweetney had 15 points and four boards in 29 minutes.

Lampe's 34 points across the last two games is a market improvement from his opening-game disaster. "This is how I play normally," Lampe said. "The first game was just a joke."

"The problem was, he hung his head," said a Lampe associate. "He felt the whole thing was riding on that one game and it wasn't."

Lampe admits he can play better. Indeed, he's not getting enough rebounds, though he seems to be in position for them.

"I got to get more boards," Lampe said. "I'm there but I'm not grabbing them."